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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:773
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    We are human and frail, so we understand human frailty. In the same way we can truly comprehend illness only when we have been ill ourselves; intellectual knowledge is no substitute for bitter experience.

    A few years ago I had a colonoscopy. The procedure itself was no problem and even the mandatory anal catharsis was passable, almost a pleasant diversion, like a walk in the country (albeit the country of the very weird). Thomas More, in his Utopia, described defaecation …

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