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A sore point

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3624
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    “It is strange,” wrote Sir William Osler in his brief essay on the French 18th century physician Jean Astruc, “how the memory of a man may float to posterity on what he would have himself regarded as the most trifling of his works.” So it was, and is, with Sir Henry Howarth Bashford (1880-1961).

    Sir Henry was physician to George VI and for many years chief medical officer to the Post Office, in which capacity he demonstrated that 16 year old recruits to that great department of state were 1.5 inches taller, and weighed sixteen pounds more, in 1939 than recruits in 1914. He was also the first editor of the British Journal of Industrial Medicine …

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