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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 28 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:240
  1. Elizabeth Moulder, basic surgical trainee, emergency department (
  1. Sandwell District General Hospital, West Bromwich

    When I was younger I was teased because we didn't have central heating and my school cardigan came from the girl up the road. I continued to feel subordinate even at university where I was laughed at for my hard vowels. My offspring will undoubtedly be picked on as well, though, and will come home in tears for living in a big house and using grand words.

    How things can change in a generation. But why was I so fortunate? Was it my nature or nurture? Although mum and dad certainly …

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