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Doctor puts herring on prescription

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1361
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    An unconventional approach to the treatment of heart disease is being taken by a doctor in Stromness in the Orkney Islands, in Scotland, who is prescribing tubs of marinaded herring for his patients to eat.

    The herring is being provided through an NHS funded project that is seeking to turn a local product into a regular treatment. It is also provoking considerable surprise among patients at the Stromness general practice, who are not used to leaving the surgery …

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