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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.3b (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7091

If your fantasy is escape being a medical officer on a desert island might appeal. As the South African Medical Journal (1997;87:323-7) makes clear, it certainly gives new meaning to the term ‘general’ practitioner. On Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world (nearly 3000 km from the nearest city), the medical officer must function not only as GP, surgeon, dentist, and veterinarian, but as an independent arbiter of disputes too.

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