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A different light

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:675
  1. Liam Farrell

    Like Woody Allen, I now believe only in sex and death, except that after death you don't feel like a smoke. So when the local Lourdes committee invited me to travel with the Armagh Diocesan Pilgrimage as one of the medical officers, I agreed only out of a sense of duty. I did not look forward to it, expecting mostly to be revolted by the squalid commerciality and exploitation of other people's suffering.

    The pilgrimage is a major event in Crossmaglen; fundraising goes on all year, and a large party of nurses, lay helpers, and ordinary pilgrims accompanies the sick. The local doctors help to prioritise and choose the patients who might benefit …

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