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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1011
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    The doctor started in a slightly apologetic tone. He was lecturing to a group of colleagues about his use of alternative medicines. The lunch had been good, the afternoon was warm, and his audience was sleepily indulgent. It was, after all, courageous of him to stand up before a group of non-believers.

    My attention drifted a little to the paintings that hung on the wall. Had Harold Pinter painted, he might have painted pictures like these—large …

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