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My role model

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1913
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    We are none of us saints, and a veneer of sophistication and restraint is all that lies between us and the unbridled satiation of our most venal appetites and our most primitive drives; to eat, to survive, to have sex, to reproduce, to ensure the perpetuation of our own genes. Fighting, drinking, gambling, wanton pillage; morality is ephemeral and in another cultural milieu these activities might be looked on with undiluted admiration. Being nice to each other is just a current fad, and under the skin we are red in tooth and claw and other more sensitive body parts.

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