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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1003
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    The doorbell always rings with particular urgency on those rare occasions when I've just found half an hour between paperwork and bedtime and curled myself up in a big armchair with a book. This time, it was a nervous, housewifely woman in a pinny who looked young and indecisive enough to be my daughter.

    “You don't know me, but I live at number 121. It's a bit of an emergency.”

    Like most people who live within gasping distance of a doctor, …

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