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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:717
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    Those were the days: the Apollo missions, fuzzy pictures from the moon, Also Sprach Zarathustra, James Burke, and Patrick Moore jumping up and down with an ingenuous and guileless excitement that was irresistibly infectious. It seemed that a new age was dawning and the uncluttered truths of science would provide all the answers.

    But the blissful unimpeached Arcady was not to last, and because of this the word “comet” to me has never suggested a magnificent ball of fire hurtling …

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