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June 13, 1931

Scalpel, Sword and Stretcher: Forty Years of Work and Play.

JAMA. 1931;96(24):2058-2059. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720500052035

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These are the reminiscences of a doctor who served many years as a medical officer in the British army. He served in various distant parts of the world and seems to enjoy living again in story his service. He recalls his medical training as an apprentice to the old style doctors of Ireland, where he was forbidden by his preceptor to leave the house in the evening, so as to avoid the night life in the little Irish town. Suffering under this "confinement to barracks," he left him and found a new chief, "a real M.D. this time." He relates many amusing incidents that occurred among the peasants. His preceptor one day said to a husband: "Mickey, I told you your wife was bad and should go to the hospital. Now she is much worse and you send for me again after refusing my advice." "Well, doctor darlin'," the peasant

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