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Escape to Eden

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1077/b (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1077
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    The aeroplane is speeding west towards the City of Eden. I sit in an exit row; plenty of legroom, but the footrest won't go up. On my right, two lovebirds: same sweaters, same laptops, same spreadsheets. Across the aisle, two women: one, enormously fat, can hardly fit into her seat. The other has talked for hours without taking a breath: has high blood pressure; takes aspirin and herbs; blood pressure is 140/90, but she does not remember which number should be …

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