Views & Reviews From the Frontline


BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 29 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3124
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Christmas is over. Woolworth’s entrails are strewn across the looted shop floor. Sofas heave with bad tempered children, denied the opportunity even briefly to drink some good humour. Presents begin the slow march to the garage; novelty socks and jumpers head for the charity shop and then to the children of sub-Saharan Africa. Men stretch their ill fitting clothes, too idle (or relaxed in their own being) to bother to take them back to exchange. Seemingly innocuous electronic games gnaw at the fabric of family life. A …

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