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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Doing it by the book

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1539
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    It’s exam season. I recently happened upon my old English exam paper and stirred some old memories. The invigilator’s jangling keys, sun streaming through the windows, and students slumped at graffitied desks. I chewed my pen as I wrote a comparison of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. As an intense teenager I felt comfortable with dystopia. And with the return of broodiness in middle age I wonder if these fictional novels have any resonance with today’s wealthy utopia.

    Nineteen …

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