Soundings Soundings

Off balance

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:815
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London

    Most days, I drop him outside the tube station. Today, I am travelling by tube too, so I park the car and queue for a ticket. My destination—the Department of Health—is eight stops south. His—school—is four stops north. I descend the steps. He crosses the footbridge.

    The station is crowded. I spot him standing on the northbound platform and position myself directly opposite him. I smile, then wink, then wave. He stares straight ahead. He is in a daydream, …

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