Views & Reviews From the Frontline

A friend in need

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c904
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

He offered me a cigarette. “It’s only bloody ophthalmology; you could get the whole course on a postage stamp.” We both laughed drunkenly. But at 3 am I sat bolt upright, letting out a gasp. I leapt to my desk and opened my “pocket guide” to ophthalmology. The exam was at 9 am. This wasn’t revision, because I hadn’t ever opened the book before. Unblinking and wide eyed I poured knowledge into my hungover, …

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