Views & Reviews Between the lines

Stalwart of the county

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1117
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    I knew a Shropshire lad once and I liked him enormously. I met him not in those blue remembered hills, but in a far off tropical country in which I was working, and to which he also came for work. He had diabetes and he arrived for a check-up. He was a large man, both muscular and fat.

    “I suppose,” I said, “that you are careful with your diet.”

    “Not at all,” he replied.

    I soon discovered that he loved rich food, good drink, and company (mine soon to be included).

    “There's not much point in my telling you that your habits are not good for you, is there?” I said.

    Indeed there wasn't: he had opted for …

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