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Madeleine McCann

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1168
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    At the time of writing Madeleine McCann is still missing.

    I became vaguely aware of the story of the 4 year old girl who went missing while on holiday in Portugal from a crackling radio bulletin. I had an odd sense of unease, but it wasn't until the phone rang—“That's Gerry's daughter”—that the penny dropped. I was at university with Madeleine's father. As the media story took off, my children bombarded me with questions, but I just didn't know what to say. The next day I pulled into a local garage. After sifting through all the banal birthday cards I eventually …

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