Views & Reviews From the Frontline

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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b798
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Meatloaf blasted from the jukebox. Tears welled in her eyes as she looked down into her Lambrusco. I met my mate’s eyes and nodded. We left, heading for the arcade games—huge gaudy machines, with only two buttons and a simple joystick. “Rolling Thunder,” “Hang-On,” “Gauntlet,” “Galaxian”—these monsters consumed my grant, time, and headspace. They were simple, intuitive, and fast, but the computer programs behind them were tiny. These days computing is big business, with the NHS spending £12bn (€14bn; $18bn) on a national integrated …

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