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Be careful what you ask for

In the 1920s and 30s, Eastbourne was a fashionable town and a popular place for the wealthy to retire. Dr John Bodkin Adams arrived there in 1922 and set up as a GP. The local medical fraternity, who had mostly come from the London medical schools, ridiculed his thick Northern Irish accent but the patients loved him. Not having a wife or children, he was happy to make home visits at all hours of day and night, and didn’t charge those who didn’t have much money. He was also a brilliant marksman, of Olympic standard at clay pigeon shooting, so wealthy local landowners were always keen to have him along to a shoot.

Dermatology in practice 2023; 29(2): 50–50
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