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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The treatment paradox

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:100
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    In my shabby and stained white coat, I twirled my thick gelled fringe. He sat in a crisp, double breasted, pin striped suit, nursing a leather FiloFax and flipping through the glossy charts showing pension growth. I nodded confidently to cover my bewilderment at his sales pitch. Twenty minutes later he crushed my hand and left, with my signature on a monthly investment. Five years later I scratched my now shaven head in bewilderment at the evaluation quote of £67. I complained about mis-selling to the financial ombudsman and vowed never to be …

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