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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8664 (Published 2 January 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8664

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  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh

“You don’t appreciate us,” he lamented, sitting on the edge of the desk, little legs dangling in the air. “No thanks, just complaints about dependence, cost, side effects. ‘For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitor’s arm, Quite vanquished him; then burst his mighty heart.’

“Think about it,” he continued. “We are convenient, easily transported, eminently suitable for use in the home. Our quality can be monitored, standardised, and regulated; our dosages …

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