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Suburban Shaman: Tales from Medicine's Frontline

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:495
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner (
  1. Glasgow

    T he order has come down the line and the next big health push is on. The barrage of health promotion literature has paused after weeks of bombardment. Comrades in arms, we stand on the duckboards taking deep draws on our fags, the acrid smoke of cynicism and sarcasm filling our lungs. The fresh faced recruits are naive and excited, but few will ever return. New officers have replaced the wounded who now lie in distant hospitals but will never leave.

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    Cecil Helman

    Hammersmith Press, £9.99, pp 194 ISBN 1 905 14008 8

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    The whistle blows and we are going over the top. …

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