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The end

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1221
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Hospital parking has never been easier, in itself a sure sign of the terminal phase. It has been a long time coming, but reefs of packed boxes have accumulated in wards, offices, and corridors, and most have now been taken away. As with a home, the process of removal uncovers ever more grime and shabbiness. It is time to go.

    In its prime, perhaps from 1870 to 1920, it led the way: a teaching hospital famed across the world. The advent of …

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