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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:359
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    The more things change, the more they stay the same—cynical old men suckering gullible and vulnerable young men into doing their dirty work for them. You've just experienced it in London, I saw it for years in Northern Ireland, and Siegfried Sassoon wrote about it in 1918: “If I were fierce and bald and short of breath, I'd sit with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death.”

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