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A classic consultation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2626
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

Give a dog a bad name, said Flashy, it’s far harder to live down a good one. So when the Greek heroes learnt that I had fixed Heracles’ bursitis, the waiting room was soon bursting with Homeric valour and girded loins. The testosterone was sky high, an equal temper of heroic hearts and body oil, and we had to give the Trojans a separate room.

Some of it was predictable: Tithonus had dementia, and Polyphemus had glaucoma. But there was also the …

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