My earliest memory of Thomas Guy was seeing him on his pedestal in the forecourt of Guy’s Hospital the day I came for my medical school interview. I wonder what he thought of this keen young man, wide-eyed and full of enthusiasm striding passed him towards his hoped-for future. I hope he was pleased with what he saw, for I would see him every day for many years to come. Occasionally I would remember to wish him a good morning or a good evening, and thank him for founding this great hospital all those years ago in 1721.
And so it was that fifty years ago I began my medical studies; and so it is this very day marks the fiftieth anniversary of the edition of the Guy’s Hospital Gazette that welcomed us all as students of one of the finest medical schools in the world. I hope all medical students everywhere beginning their own journeys this month will enjoy the words of Passim written by the then editors of the Gazette, Drs. Davis and Hicks. Their timely and inspiring words will serve them well, as they did us, in the years to come. Remember to highlight the text to enlarge it and read it more easily.
Much has changed over the past fifty years. Guy’s has joined Kings’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital and the combined institution is now known as the Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine at Kings College London. The good news is that the editors of the GKT Gazette are developing an open access digital library that will collate all of the published issues since the inaugural Guy’s Hospital Gazette of 1872 , for which our thanks are very much in order.
This post is in response to Ben’s Daily Prompt: Reverse Shot. What’s your earliest memory involving another person? Recreate the scene — from the other person’s perspective.