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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d309
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

“I was once adored too,” says Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and with those few words the clown’s facade is ripped apart, and we see a broken man, crushingly aware of his loss and of his decay into frivolity and irrelevance.

“I was once a celebrity too,” I say, and I also feel the loss—though the experience was not always pleasant. The camera is fattening, my bald head shone like a small sweaty moon, and in the publicity photos the diaphragm of my …

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