Views & Reviews Outside the Box

The traveller

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3492
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    The gap year boy is packing. Exams are long forgotten, and graduation (48 hours ago) is already history. Coloured T shirts, torn jeans, flip flops, fins, Frisbees, etc, are strewn across the living room floor. There is much activity on Facebook, centred on a rendezvous next week in a bar in Central America. He needs to go shopping for his list of “essentials” (more T shirts, pop songs for his iPod, phone charger, Rough Guide, bandana).

    I also have a list. Antimalarials, though I respectfully note …

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