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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The American crisis

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3375
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I wandered through the museum at Scapa Flow in Orkney, meeting the gaze of servicemen and women in fading black and white photos, a generation who gave their lives defending the values of democracy and fighting totalitarianism. We have never forgotten the generosity of the United States, which helped our nation in its darkest hours. Since then, we two nations have become married together—through sickness and health. Through right and wrong, we continue to battle together to defend commonly held values of democracy and freedom. …

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