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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

It’s better to give

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4546
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    As a child, a day meanders; as a teenager, the weeks roll; in your 20s the months tumble; and after you have children the years whizz by—I recall not a day of my 30s. We greedily squander time, taking it for granted. Until the “it’ll never happen to me” inevitably does. Then time is the only valued possession: anything for a few moments more with our loved ones. I once carried an organ donor …

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