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You think too much

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:48
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

    Having the great thinkers on your practice list is a drag. The last time La Rochefoucauld came in, I happened to be reading a defence society magazine. “There is something, Monsieur, in the misfortune of other doctors which is not entirely unpleasant,” I observed. His eyes narrowing, he took out a little notebook, scribbled furiously for a few seconds, then nodded as if satisfied, before launching into yet another long story about his sinuses and how dry they were (he preferred them pleasantly moist).

    When Nietzsche was …

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