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Wanted: stress monkeys

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1224
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I ran, under pursuit. His hot breath was on my neck, but my two extra years kept me those important few metres ahead of my bloody and swearing younger brother. It was an accident. And of course a pitchfork through the hand is going to hurt a bit, but this was nothing to the time he was knocked unconscious by a falling concrete block: his head wound eventually stopped bleeding and Mum let him sleep it off. Farm work was dangerous. People got gored by cows, kicked by horses, crushed under bales, and sucked down into slurry pits. …

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