Soundings

Out of the mouths..

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.132 (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:132
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh

    The Independent on Sunday recently published an article entitled “The Wonder-drug of the 90s: not Prozac--but Calpol.” Columnist Brian Cathcart described his attempts one evening to settle his fractious 3 year old, which were to no avail until he administered a dose of Calpol syrup. Ten minutes later, the child had miraculously calmed down and its parents were paying homage to the manufacturers of a product which contains, the readers were told, “a triumphant blend of sweetness and paracetamol.”

    I have no doubt that the story is true, and that the whole family gained almost immediate relief from a serious attack of tantrum induced …

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