I had this interesting e-mail from a UK doctor who was not in our batch. It was much later (after exchanging a few e-mails) that I discovered that I know him well, although he was a couple of years junior to us in medical school. Just goes to show that we have followers from outside the batch!
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I was in Colombo Medical School from 1965 to 1971, currently living in UK, just retired from an active medical career on reaching 65 years. I am curretly the President of Sri Lankan Medical and Dental Association in the UK, having served it in various capacities over the years. I am forwarding to you the poem written by me titled "Our Medical School Days" with explanatory notes for those who were not there in those days. This appeared in the souvenir issued for the annual dinner dance of SLMDA held on october 22nd at Radisson Edwardian Hotel, heathrow, London.
I am sure your batchmates will appreciate this piece of work which has taken into account numerous slogans used by medical students of those days.
Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
As his poem is of interest to all medics of our vintage, I am pleased to post it here (without the explanatory notes which you don't need).
FOR SECURING TITLES AROUND ONE’S NAME,
FACED SOME DAUNTING FRESHMEN’S WOES
SETTLED DOWN FOR THIS FIVE- YEAR COURSE.
ANATOMY INDEED BEING A “WAAS” SUBJECT
“LEST UR”GED TO TAKE CARE OF THE OBJECT,
"GRAY” AND “CUNNINGHAMS” TO THE FORE
“HISTO” AND “EMBRYO” MAKING THE CORE.
REGARDED AS A “KOCH” AND “BULL” STORY,
BIOCHEMISTRY “WHO-WERE” TO THEN SWOT
WHAT WAS ONCE DUBBED AS “TOMMY”- ROT.
WAS LION(E)LY DISPENSED IN DOSES ABOUND,
MICROBIOLOGY THE ONE “CHAPPIE” DOMAIN
BUGBEAR TO MOST, LEAVING A FIXED STAIN .
“MUIR” ORGANS OF DISEASES HE DID FERRY,
PUBLIC HEALTH WAS “PACHAYA” SPREAD FIB
WHICH NEEDED SANITISING TO MAKE IT GLIB.
FORENSIC MEDICINE A “KODA”S WALLOP HELL,
MEDICINE AND SURGERY THE CREAM OF ALL
WITH “OBS” AND “PAED” TO CRAM THE ROLL.
“ANTHO”LOGY OF CHOP AND SAW SKILLS,
UNDER TUTELAGE OF THESE “ROLEY”-“PAULY”
WENT THROUGH THE WORKS “WILLY”-“NILEY”.
LISTENING TO “STELLA”R CHILDREN PALAVERS,
IN LECTURE HALL AND HOSPITAL WARD BOTH
LEARNT THE CONTENT OF HIPPOCRATIC OATH.
KEPT “CUE” AND “CUT” TABLES FOR A STAND,
“LOSER PAYS” WERE THOSE CANONIC QUOTES
GOT MANY QUEUEING TO POCKET HIS NOTES.
THEIR WEAK POINT WAS “GIN” AND “KNOBS”,
OTHERS DEPARTED ONCE ACHIEVING SUCCESS
TO AN ELITE CAREER AND LUXURY IN EXCESS.