With over 50 years’ experience as a dentist, Bernard Lester recalls the triumphs and disasters, the dramas and close calls of his work in both NHS and private practice, in an honest and humorous account. From medical school to practice owner, follow his story as he describes the characters-both staff and patients-who filled his life with laughter and tears as he pursued his career.
Bernard says “In my early teens, I knew I wanted to become a dentist. Working in the NHS and the private sector, I enjoyed all aspects of a unique profession. My wife, Sue, has been tremendously supportive in this project, together with my three children. I found that fishing on my local river for trout and salmon helped me through difficult times, a hobby that continues to this day. Growing vegetables and teaching karate, as a fifth dan black belt instructor, have also provided valuable relaxation. As I approach retirement, I can look back at some wonderful memories that are worth sharing, recalling the people I have met along my chosen path. All that has enriched my life.”