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Prisoners of war

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:350
  1. Ian D Conache, consultant anaesthetist (
  1. Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

    The 50th anniversary of VE day threw up a crop of veterans, all suffering the effects of lifelong smoking. Two were unworried about the prospect of surgery. They had had a good war and were enjoying half a century of borrowed time. One, captured in north Africa, had been paraded before …

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