Old remedy effectiveBMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7139.1240 (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1240
- Bill Yule, retired general practitioner
On a Shetland island, the home of hardy people, it was surprising to find that a runny nose and a cough meant that a visit to the doctor was required. And this was 40 years ago when life was less comfortable than today, when television was hardly known, and when people visited each other of an evening to talk and drink “a peerie glass o' the hame brew.”
I was covering the period between the departure of the island's only doctor and the arrival of his successor. It was a wonderful six weeks among wonderful people. Their attitude to the common cold, though, was a bore. Mr X came to the surgery requesting a bottle …
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