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Passing out parade

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1315
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    I wrote one myself once, when a friend of more than 30 years drowned on holiday, in high summer and at the peak of his formidable powers. Most aren't like that. They tell of longer lives: of careers—whether glorious, dutiful, or just humdrum—that went the distance; of retirements enriched by strange pastimes; and of final illnesses. They remind us we must die.

    But they are also vivifying. Each week offers a gallery of portraits of lives mostly unknown …

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