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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:580
  1. Tom Treasure, professor and cardiac surgeon
  1. St George's Hospital, London

    Once upon a time a King had a little daughter for whom he would do anything. She wanted an apple made of pure gold, and because he was rich he had one made for her. The princess wanted a pony with a coat of the purest white and because he was powerful, he had the land searched and the best one sent to the palace for her. One night she looked into the dark sky from her bed chamber and asked for the moon.

    The King sent for the court astronomer and said, “Tell me about the moon.” “The moon, sire,” he said, “is three miles above the earth and made of green cheese.” The King sent for his engineer, and said, “My daughter wants the moon. Please get it down …

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