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Assets for the meritocracy

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:649
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    In Monty Python's transplant sketch, a man is sitting nonchalantly minding his own business when there is a loud knock at the door. Enter an officious, clipboard-carrying administrator, closely followed by several white coated technicians who are vigorously sharpening their scalpels.

    “Mr B?”

    “Yes, that's me.”

    “We're from the Transplant Agency. You signed a donor card, I believe.”

    “I did.”

    “Well, we've come for your liver.”

    “But I'm not dead yet.”

    “It doesn't say anything …

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