Aristotle, the NHS, and Davie's henhouse

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1157
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    In the village in which I grew up there was a little band of first world war veterans already far outnumbered by the names of their old comrades on the war memorial beside the church. Once, walking slowly past the bench on which they always sat, I overheard a conversation among them about another who had died only the week before.

    “D'ye remember yon time we built Davie's henhouse?” one asked. There was a thoughtful silence. Someone nodded and …

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