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A sax and a rose

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b939
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    Funerals are a challenge to us bow tie wearers. Conventional neckwear is required, but you struggle to remember the Windsor knot. You can hardly sport a black tie in clinic, so you have to change on the way. In a train last week I persevered, peering at my reflection in the screen of my laptop.

    It turned out that I needn’t have bothered. This was a celebration, not a wake. Edinburgh’s medical community turned out in force, …

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