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Apocalypse soon: doctors needed

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7273.0 (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:0

The two great news stories of the past few weeks—the complexities of the presidential election in the United States and the failure to reach agreement at the international conference on climate change (p 1367)—are intimately linked. They both may be the fault of George III of Britain.

When the Americans won independence from Britain they determined that they would build a political system in which nobody could have the power of George III. With exquisite precision they balanced the powers of the executive, the legislature, and …

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