Folk wisdom

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:335
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou
  1. Kalo kalokairi: Have a good summer.—JUDITH HOLLIS-TRIANTAFILLOU, general practitioner, Athens, Greece

    We are in the throes of a heatwave, and as usual at this time of the year I am sleepless, neurotic, and bad tempered. One blessing is that half of Athens's four million inhabitants have departed for their annual month in the country or by the sea—usually back to their village of origin to renew family contacts and catch up on the year's gossip. Those of us who are left to sweat it out in the capital are counting the days till it's our turn to get away.

    Although I'm usually less busy at this time of the year, the phone rings incessantly with calls from remote islands for advice about diarrhoea, …

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