Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Drugstore cowboys

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:510
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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The tears streamed down her face as she clutched her trophy. She was a character actress of impossible quality, completely immersed in her role, living and breathing it. The inflection, pace, timing—utterly believable. She would always hit you when you were at your most vulnerable, arriving unannounced, playing to a full waiting audience for maximum dramatic effect. She would often be supported by an equally talented supporting cast of concerned and utterly insistent “family members.” Such is the exhausting daily matinee …

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