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What happened to plain wickedness?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7266.969 (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:969
  1. Robert Lefever, general practitioner
  1. London

    Last Friday someone burnt my house down. He was not a patient of mine, nor even an acquaintance. I can only guess at his motive. I suspect it was a result of something going on inside his own head rather than anything to do with me or my family. As far as ownership of the property is concerned, I anticipate that it could just as easily have been your house that was torched to the ground as mine.

    Nobody died or was injured. Even the cats got out. We are “fully covered” by insurance, although our broker has already told us of inevitable discrepancy between theory and practice.

    The metal frame of the piano looks bizarre without its rosewood case

    I weep for my books, my wife's loss of her mother's cut glass, and all the family photographs and trinkets. And the watercolours. And the little dolls our daughter made by painting faces on wooden clothes pegs when she was 8.

    It's …

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