Listen to Hylda Whitehead describe her first day on the job as a medical secretary, taking shorthand.
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I went in and Sister Elson said–it was very helpful really. Nobody explained anything to you. So I went in, sat down opposite this surgeon, with his table of instruments. The patients were coming in. And I got me shorthand book, and after each patient, he dictated—or whilst seeing each patient, he’d dictate something. Then I had to type it up in the notes. So taking it down. Then a letter to the GP. And then, apparently, I was supposed to write out these request cards for x-rays and things. But it being my first day, Sister Elson did it.