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Monk's moments: Missing the target

As a medical student in the early ’70s, I spent a happy day in Kent exploring two long-abandoned institutions – the Joyce Green Smallpox Hospital (closed in 1948) and Long Reach. The latter was so-called because it was the furthest point up the Thames Estuary that a ship showing a fever flag had been permitted to travel. At the time, it appeared to us that in an era of immunisation and antibiotics, infectious disease was as much a part of medical history as leeches and chloroform.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(4): 30–30
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