Bmj Usa: Filler

Clash of lifestyles

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E212
  1. Biji T Kurien, senior research scientist (
  1. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    From BMJ USA 2003;April:222

    During my pre-doctoral studies in India (a former British colony), I heard an Indian speaker say, “What the Americans do inside the house (lavatory), we do outside; what they do outside (osculation, eating), we do inside.” A few years later, as a post-doctoral fellow in America, I could compare firsthand the differences in lifestyle between these two countries.

    On arrival itself, I could see that the differences were monumental. The sheer opulence of America was an eye-opener. My journey into the differences began with a car ride, its driver sitting on the wrong …

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