Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Medicine’s living death

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a674
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    On Sunday afternoons we shuffle around IKEA’s one way system with the identikit couples. Children whine and occasionally escape to bounce on a sofa. Eventually we find the various flat packs we need for the wardrobe. Then more queuing and the spontaneous purchase of lavender aromatherapy candles. At home we pore over the instructions and find that we need, seemingly, only a small Allen key. Six angry hours later we beat the unrecognisable, pulverised plywood ball with a hammer, and decide that the …

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