The BMJ as recreational reading

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:732
  1. Selwyn Goodacre, general practitioner.
  1. Swadlincote, Derbyshire

    My partners in the practice think it rather odd when I tell them I take a bundle of unread BMJs from the preceding three months on holiday with me, for recreational reading. Relax, they say, get away from medicine for a while. But they are wrong. Apart from the benefit that, when read, I can discard them, giving me extra room in the case for packing books to take home, I do find reading several BMJs in rapid sequence very relaxing.

    Looking back to childhood, I remember my elder brother returning from boarding school and sitting himself happily in an armchair with a pile of copies of the Eagle …

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