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BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 24 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1740
  1. Christina Scott-Moncrieff, GP and homoeopathic practitionera
  1. aGlastonbury BA6 8JJ

    Here in Somerset the start of summer was once marked by the first swallows arriving. These days, summer starts when the New Age Travellers take to the roads. Their dilapidated buses and vans, complete with makeshift chimneys and tatty curtains, suddenly fill laybys and passing places. Farmers block the entrances to fields to protect their land. Rural general practitioners brace themselves for some challenging encounters.

    Travellers search for the “natural” life, but still cling to modern expectations of health that are difficult to achieve in living conditions reminiscent of the Dark Ages. They are surprised that infection is a natural …

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