Private viewsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7263.773/a (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:773
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
We are human and frail, so we understand human frailty. In the same way we can truly comprehend illness only when we have been ill ourselves; intellectual knowledge is no substitute for bitter experience.
A few years ago I had a colonoscopy. The procedure itself was no problem and even the mandatory anal catharsis was passable, almost a pleasant diversion, like a walk in the country (albeit the country of the very weird). Thomas More, in his Utopia, described defaecation …