Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Letter from America

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b988
  1. Des Spence
  1. destwo{at}

    An Inconvenient Truth was cut short as the plane began its descent into Chicago. My mood was plummeting; I was weighed down by guilt about my carbon footprint, and I vowed to join Greenpeace on my return. I was travelling to speak at grand rounds at Cook County Hospital. And with the United States in the mood for doing the unthinkable, my chosen topic was, “Should the US nationalise its health care?” I regretted my passing resemblance to Lenin. With my usual overconfidence faltering and against my tradition, I …

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