'Everyone in town had heard I'd been assaulted - except me, the local GP'

Following my hospital training, I spent a most enjoyable 10 years as a procedural GP in a small town in central NSW.

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My medical mentors there taught me a great deal; the medicine was wonderfully rewarding; the people were most hospitable; and rumours spread like wild-fire.

This story is true, and I was the subject matter.

The facts

We are back in the mid-1970s when Medibank Mark 1 was being introduced, but we had not, as yet, embraced bulk-billing with any vigour.1

I was in the surgery on a Thursday evening when the

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