Me, the heartsink patient

This is line from ‘A Handful of Dust’ by Evelyn Waugh:

On reading this sentence my mind returned to recent correspondence that I had with Professor Sir Simon Wessely on the subject of transparency in relation to competing interests in science. Sir Simon signed off one of his communications as “Sink”. I have no idea why he did so, but I am of the view that it was deliberate and not a typographical error. Perhaps Sir Simon was referring to a general sinking feeling, or perhaps he was suggesting something about me:

'Me, the heartsink patient' by Sarah Evans, GP, was published in the BMJ, 3rd June 2000

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