Lege Artis Medicinae

An Englishman in Szeged


JULY 29, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(07)

In the last 2 weeks of April, I hosted a couple from England. The male member of the couple is a fifth year medical student in Sheffield. During their visit we talked a lot about the situation of Hungarian doctors and medical students. It occurred to me that it would be worthwhile to present what's new on this front in the UK. Of course, only a short extract from these long conversations is given here. I hope that no one will have any difficulty in understanding the English version.



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