Medics face the music
One of the first things I was told when I entered medical school was to see the 1933 film A Canção de Lisboa [The Lisbon Song]. I didn't have to wait too long, for, just like the Sound of Music, it is regularly shown on national television in Portugal at Christmas. Now a stage musical adaptation of the film is running at Lisbon's Teatro Politeama and is pulling in crowds from all over the country. So what is its special appeal to doctors and medical students?
The Lisbon Song is a story about Vasco, a medical student in Lisbon, who is about to graduate but fails his final examination, a viva. Vasco is supported by a couple of rich aunts living in the remote countryside and is unable to tell them about his failure. He instead says that he graduated, whereupon his aunts assume that Vasco will have started his