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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 22 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1429
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and writer
  1. Edinburgh

    It came in the kind of envelope that tends to lie unopened for a day or two: an alphabetical list of about 150 names and addresses on several sheets of pale blue A4. It might have been dull, something for the waste paper basket.

    It wasn't. I glanced at it, read it, read it again, and settled to enjoy it, reflect on it, ponder the questions it raised, relish its nuances, and then, over a couple of weeks, came back to …

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