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Sunrise, sunset

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1431
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. William.Farrell{at}

    It was late, and we were closing up, when the surgery bell rang. We peered out; no one was there. Then we looked down.

    “It’s a baby,” somebody said.

    “I can see it’s a baby,” I replied, “But what’s it doing here?”

    Common sense would have suggested that we contact social services, but we’d read the books, we’d seen the movie, we knew what was expected of us.

    “We’ll just have to raise it ourselves,” we agreed; some conventions must be observed. …

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