Soundings

Be prepared

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7108.612 (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:612
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. Londongeneral practitioner, London

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    My uncle Bob recalls from his scouting days that you should never undertake a journey, however short, without a sixpence, a piece of string, and a penknife. My own mother adapted this advice when I was a teenager by refusing to let me out of the house in the evenings without an anorak, a pound note hidden in my knickers, and half a pint of milk in my stomach. My husband, recently billeted in a soulless motel during a business trip, reported that the modern day “essential travellers' kit” offered by the coin operated machine in the lavatory promised a self frothing …

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