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Conflict, coitus, conversation: the eternals

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:0

What's on the mind of BMJ authors and readers as this tired old millennium closes down? The Christmas issue always offers an insight because of the way it accumulates—like a cairn, article piled on article. Very little is commissioned. Rather, somebody somewhere, perhaps very far away, is inspired by passion, anger, despair, or silliness to write a piece or conduct a study. In contrast to the routine BMJ, most of the studies are silly and much of the prose profound.

Ulster is on the mind of many and is the source of three …

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