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A virtual no life

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:450
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I was leaving for university the next day. As I lay on the beach listening to the Jam I blew smoke into the air and gazed at the stars. I struggled to control my emotions: I often felt alone, detached, and at odds with society. I was a teenager—naive concerning much of the adult world, my knowledge of women gained from the problem pages of Woman’s Own magazine, of drugs from Neil Young lyrics, and of sex …

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