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The scholar’s tale

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2644
  1. Liam Farrell, Crossmaglen
  1. drfarrell{at}

    Many of the skills of general practice lie beyond the remit of mere medical science, though I am always circumspect about giving non-medical advice. “Never criticise a brave until you have walked a mile in his moccasins,” goes the proverb, to which I might add: “Especially if it’s uphill on a hot day, the brave sweats a lot, he has a fungal foot infection and doubtful personal hygiene, and his moccasins are made out of recycled rubber tyres.”

    But sometimes we have no choice. …

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