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Good doctors being bad

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2705
  1. Liam Farrell, retired general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
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“My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense . . .”

“I get it Mr Keats,” I said. “You’re a bit depressed.”

“ . . . and I feel like drinking hemlock, or some dull opiate emptying to the drains,” he said, a trifle sharply, as if annoyed that I had interrupted his flow. Hey, I’m a busy man, and at 6 to 10 minutes per consultation, just call me the GP from Porlock. …

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