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Soundings: Back to basics

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:277
  1. C Douglas

    On an un-familiar route through the north of the former Lanarkshire, the train stopped just long enough. The village - a few rows of turn of the century miners' cottages - was still there. To my greater surprise so was the school: a little clutch of the kind of wartime single storey wooden buildings that even the NHS has by now largely dispensed with.

    Let us call the village Pitmirk and the school Pitmirk Primary School. I encountered both 30 years ago when Pitmirk, along with five other Lanarkshire primary schools, sent a class of 11 year olds for a month in the country. Proper country. Genteel Perthshire in September. …

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