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Small is beautiful

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7084.909 (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:909
  1. Liam Farrell
  1. general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh

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    My home village, Rostrevor, lies between the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough, but it's not an uncomfortable perch, as if the mountains don't like us and are slowly pushing us into the sea. We get on better than that with our native soil; the Mournes are protective, and Rostrevor nestles under their armpit as snugly as a wee mouse in a cornstack. This is not entirely fanciful; the Mournes deflect the worst snows and the sea breezes ameliorate the worst frosts, and during the Great Famine Rostrevor was untouched by typhoid fever, although the potato blight did hit us hard.

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