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15 September 2003
Without wishing in any way to detract from the memories still held of those of the medical class of '53 who have passed on since that year, perhaps Monday Paper could explain in what way the Second World War (1939-1945) was an agent of the reported 'decimation' of many of this class? Journalistic reporting can reflect feelings and memories without resorting to hyperbole and if the unexpected is indeed 'true' then explanations should be part of the reporting.
You are absolutely correct about the need for an explanation, and we apologise for the oversight. The reference to the Second World War has to do with the advanced age of some of the students who graduated in 1953, their studies having been delayed by the war. The effect of this is that close to half the class of 1953 has died in the intervening years, which accounts for the "decimation".