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The inverse care law has had its day

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:538
  1. Des Spence (

    Half way through my sixth year at school I received an unconditional acceptance from university. My last few months were spent playing cards, dodging class, sharing cigarettes in the toilets, and attempting to blow up the chemistry equipment. A better preparation for university I could not have had. It was preferable to the current fad of sending our children on a gap year to naively smoke cannabis on a beach in countries that impose a life sentence for listening to Janis Joplin.

    I did learn one thing in those last six months: the inverse square law. This relates …

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