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Ter die sumendus

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1378
  1. Chris Ellis (, associate professor of family medicine
  1. University of United Arab Emirates, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    In 1964 I was in one of the last years of UK medical students trained at the old Charing Cross Medical School in the art of making mixtures and the use of the pestle and mortar. Our pharmacology classes took place in what had once been a fashionable restaurant across the road from the hospital, by then converted into laboratories. The ornate pressed ceilings and chandeliers had been left, which gave the laboratories a rather bizarre atmosphere—a mixture of Georgian elegance and Neo-Gothic pillars fused with Bunsen burners and a modernistic skyline of distillation flasks.

    I have the printed pharmacology lecture notes in front of me. I see …

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