Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The bland bombshell

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1074
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I try not to be judgmental, but I do struggle with society’s fastest growing group—the terminally dull. This presents a problem in medicine, as patients actively avoid the tedious doctor.

People didn’t used to be so bland and timid. A generation ago people enjoyed salt on their chips, deep fried everything, and filled their tea with sugar. There was more social diversity and a great number of different musical and fashion factions (rockers, mods, hippies, new romantics, goths, reggae Rastas, and …

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