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The value of life

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:756
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    A few weeks ago I visited W B Yeats's grave and sat awhile in thought; no towers of adamant nor rings of steel, just a simple stone monument with the words, “Cast a cold eye/ On life, on death/Horseman pass by.”

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    A few hours later and a few miles south, I was in a bar on the Atlantic coast, drinking a pint of the blackest porter, eating crab claws fresh from the sea and soaking in garlic butter, and hammering away at my guitar in an impromptu folk music session. Pausing to check that the kids were still alive …

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