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The foul taste of medicine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39153.458403.59 (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:589
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    I was one of the many middle class children whose tonsils were sacrificed to the need of ear, nose, and throat surgeons to increase their incomes. I am not in the least bitter about it because of the ice cream I was given to eat after the operation, though I did dive down to the bottom of the bed and spit out the foul tasting medicine I was also given. The ward sister rebuked me sternly for my bad behaviour, but I had my revenge when my mother gave me a box of chocolate letters that I distributed to all the staff with the conspicuous exception of her.

    Medicine has always tasted foul, of …

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