Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.
After a fruitless attempt to join the Royal Air Force (RAF) because I was a medical student, I entered the medical school in Newcastle, then part of Durham University, in 1941, graduating on a shortened wartime course in December 1945. Even as a student, I spent 9 weeks as a house officer in paediatrics with the charismatic James Spence, a brilliant and inspirational teacher. After graduating, I worked for 3 weeks as a locum general practitioner in Wylam-on-Tyne, allowing a doctor to have his first holiday since World War II began; I then became house officer in medicine in the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) with Professor …
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.