Soundings

The Devil's bargain

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.155 (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:155
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

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    We all need a sense of the demonic, but it was still a shock when I heard that the Devil had made an appointment. This was shortly after I was made King of Ireland, on account of, firstly, being a doctor and, secondly, having a dome shaped head. Choosing me was not a snap decision; I had a six months' trial as Prince of Rockall, where my subjects affectionately nicknamed me TPFKAD (The Prince Formerly Known As Doctor), but after all the dead solicitors had been swept up (my first edict) I was home and dry.

    The Devil proved to be a charming …

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