Does anyone remember Doctor Minty who lived in Manchester Street near Edgeware Road? My family ran a convalescent home and Dr Minty treated our patients as well as our family. The only memory I have of needing his care was when I contracted measles when I was seven. Bed rest for two weeks was my prescription. I wonder now whether that may have been partly to prevent my infecting others in the house. My measles were not the common German rubella. I had the more exclusive English measles morbilli. I contracted them in December 1956, and remember having a large Christmas tree in my bedroom. At New Year my mother left me in the care of my brother and a housekeeper while she went to the Theosophical Society Convention in Rotorua. I was miffed that she had deserted my sickbed, but was consoled when she returned with the present of a Maori doll.
“Resenting summer days in bed
I probably just lay and read.”