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Do not go gentle into A&E

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1920
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    Faith, hope, and charity have been displaced utterly as desiderata these days by wealth, health, and safety; and of these safety is by far the greatest.

    The extent to which this is the case was borne in on me recently during a visit to the Boat House, Dylan Thomas’s home in Laugharne on the Carmarthenshire coast. The house is now a museum, with a tea room and what is called “a themed bookshop.” A recording of Thomas’s voice booms out his poetry in his parlour eight hours a day, 350 days a year; what is wonderful for half an hour must turn hellish after a few days. I should think anyone who worked …

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