n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The history boys - and girls : inspirations
|Article Title||The history boys - and girls : inspirations|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Affiliations||1 St James Hospital, UK|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
At my age a doctor is expected to take an interest in medical history, but actually it became my guilty pleasure long before I retired. Whenever I was asked to give a talk on 'The historical perspective' I cheerfully agreed, even before I knew what the conference was about. Unearthing facts about the past was fascinating whether my title was, say, 'Contraception through the ages' or 'The origins of the endoscope', but I'm afraid audiences found the results equally boring. Seasoned conference-goers know all about crocodile dung in Ancient Egypt or candles in 19th-century Vienna, and could only hope that I would get them the wrong way round.
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