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The Unforgettable Dr Farrell

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3351
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
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    “You’re a marvellous doctor,” she said. I shuffled my feet uneasily. We Irish are a modest race, but this is a veneer only; as La Rochefoucald observed, “To refuse praise is to wish to be praised twice.” And “You’re a marvellous doctor” was, I felt, quite inadequate to describe the wonder that is me; I wanted a parade, a brass band, Mickey Mouse, stars climbing the dew dropping sky just to light my passing feet, Angelina (Jolie) weeping by the phone the next day because I …

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