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The laws of thermodynamics

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:459
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    I was sitting on the end of the old man's bed listening to stories of his life. I was a medical student at the time. The odd thing, he had said, was that the world made no more sense to him then than it had when he was a boy. He had thought that things would become clearer with age. I remember the perplexity in his watery eyes. Somehow, time had crept up on him before …

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