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The memory class

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4761
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Sunday night, and the exams were still two weeks away. It was Songs of Praise on the television or a Dickens period drama in 50 nail grating episodes. Bored, we played cards. We had no money; playing for matchsticks being pointless, the only option was playing for forfeits. So pouring cooking oil, salt, and curry powder into our five chipped mugs we salivated and sweated in fear of failure. We, the academic elite, all had great minds of memory; indeed one of my flatmates could visualise any word and read …

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