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The everyday

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:0

What's the commonest cause of a limp in a child? A stone in the shoe, taught one famous professor—reminding us all that most of medicine is everyday and unglamorous. What's the commonest cause of deafness? After reading the article on recent advances in otolaryngology (p 1110) you might answer “not wearing a hearing aid.” About a third of Britons have a significant hearing loss by the age of retirement, and half of those could be helped with a hearing aid. Yet less than half of those who could …

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