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Monk's moments: Ninety not out

With my advancing years, I am not quite as enthusiastic as I once was about birthday parties. However, a few weeks back, I was delighted to attend a tea party to mark the 90th birthday of one of the legends of British medicine, Harold Ellis. Harold is probably known to you as the author of Lecture Notes on Surgery and Clinical Anatomy – books that got many of us through final exams – and anyone who has been taught by him or has heard him lecture will not have forgotten the experience. Having qualified six months before the creation of the NHS, and after a distinguished career in general surgery (in the days when there were general surgeons), he still teaches anatomy full time, and is cherished by his grateful students. His teaching style would no doubt make modern educationalists blanche, but he is consistently voted the favourite lecturer in the medical school.
Dermatology in practice 2016; 22(1): 27–27
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