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Small beer or G and T?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:98
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow

    I was “remedial,” an old fashioned term for dim. I got “special” lessons. These were a rough and exclusively male affair involving joke telling, arm wrestling, conkers, crayons, and learning to spell swear words—invaluable life skills that I have used throughout my career. Unfortunately at 10 years old, my word blindness began to lift. I had to leave my poor simpleton friends for nerd section of the class, but I never forgot them. Apparently we morons are no longer herded together and separated, because it erodes “self esteem” to be told that you are stupid at the …

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