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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:218
  1. Andrew Iddles, senior ship's doctor

    After many years at sea as a cruise ship doctor, I am often asked: “How do you keep up to date?” Practising medicine in isolation from other doctors, we may be regarded by our peers as out of touch.

    Not at all. We see a frequently changing population of well over 1000 passengers, mainly elderly and most taking at least one prescription medication. So we are in a unique position to observe the medicine currently practised ashore, and this gives us a good insight into “progress.” Our therapeutic armamentarium is limited to the more tried and tested generic drugs of proven efficacy.

    I doubt that any two people on board are taking exactly the same medication, although I …

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