Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Imagine all the people

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f584
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

“What do you see?” he breathed down my neck. I squinted down the microscope. All I saw was a collection of stained circular blobs where pancreas cells should be. We were supposed to sketch this in drawing books. “Elephants,” I exclaimed—for the exercise was rubbish as far as I was concerned, but histology was no place for the flippant. Next week, a friend winked at me and furtively pulled out a histology atlas. I beamed in appreciation. We traced round the photos of cell …

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