BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:496
  1. Damien Reid, specialist registrar in geriatrics and general medicine
  1. Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow

    As an Irishman living in Glasgow for the past 13 years, I'm as guilty as the next man of being nostalgic. First coined in 1678 by Johannes Hofer of Basel, the word nostalgia was derived from nostos (return to one's native land) and algos (pain or distress).1 It was …

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