Ethics on the London Underground

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2592
  1. Peter Bruggen, retired consultant psychiatrist and, once, a psychoanalyst, London
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    As I let myself fall into the only vacant seat in the London Underground carriage, I caught sight of something to my left. I closed my eyes to recapture detail. The occupant of the seat to my left had been holding a piece of paper titled with the name of someone I knew, and halfway down was a heading, “Mr X’s schooling.” Did I really know that Mr X? No, but it was not a usual name, and it was that of a friend of my parents long ago.

    A rustle on my left, and I allowed myself to glance in that direction. The page that I had …

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