Fillers Endpiece

“It's got to be terrible!”

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7198.1614a (Published 12 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1614

Mario [Puzo, Joseph Heller's friend for over 30 years] had called George Mandel to say he'd heard that Joe was paralysed. “No, Mario, you heard it wrong. I've already been to see him and he's not that bad,” George assured him. “He's got something called Guillain-Barré.”

“My God,” Mario blurted out. “That's terrible!”

A surprised George murmured, “Hey, Mario, you know about Guillain-Barré?”

“No, I never heard nothing about it,” Mario replied. “But when they name any disease after two guys, it's got to be terrible!”

Joseph Heller and Speed Vogel, No Laughing Matter. Donald I Fine Inc, 1995

Submitted by Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist, Oxford

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