Doctor with an accent

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g1896
  1. George Farah, specialist registrar in diabetes and endocrinology, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, HP21 8AL, UK
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“So, where is this lovely accent from?” the nice old lady inquires as I am examining her diabetic foot ulcer. I’m used to this question by now, and once I would have responded by smiling and asking the patient to guess.

Over the years, patients and colleagues have struggled to work out where I’m from. I put them out of their misery after two or three wrong guesses. I used to be amused and a little annoyed that very few people …

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