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A memorable patient: Protective pipe smoking

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i
  1. Robert J House, retired general practitoner in Twekesbury

    When I first started in general practice in 1946 a man of about 80 came to see me and, as it was my first contact with him, I asked a few leading questions about his health and his smoking habits. He replied–“I smokes a pipe and it's all the fault of you doctors.” Sensing a story, I asked for an explanation. …

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