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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.152 (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:152
  1. Liam Farrell
  1. general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh

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    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time (Abraham Lincoln).

    You can fool doctors all of the time (Liam Farrell).

    General practice is daily becoming more and more of a dumping ground. I received a call recently to an elderly man who had fallen.

    “Put him into bed and I'll come down and check he's all right,” I advised.

    “But, Doctor,” came the reply, “he'll need to be lifted.”

    “No problem,” said I, still not understanding, “just make him comfortable in bed and I'll be …

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