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Defeated yet defiant

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1194
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

    “Hurrah for Captain Spaulding,” I carolled as the door opened, which I thought quite droll, because his name, can you believe it, was Joe Spaulding. But the infectious bonhomie of Groucho Marx proved no defence against the horror that was to come; Joe was turning his back and pulling down his trousers even before the door was shut.

    “Hold it right there, pal,” I said—but it was too late. I had no shotgun, and the cattle prod was on the blink.

    “What do …

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