During this period, medicine particularly the emerging field of general practice, which I have foregrounded here was still divesting itself of its old associations with trade. The Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it! To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. In a debate about the admission of women to the profession held at the GMC in , Andrew Wood — an Edinburgh-based surgeon — denied that female patients would prefer female attendance.
“Embarrassing Bodies” – the male doctor/female patient encounter
After a couple minutes of waiting, in comes the nurse. In order to protect his reputation, it was his actions that needed to be regulated. Needless to say, I was displeased. She said it was alright.