Views & Reviews The Best Medicine


BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6080
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

When Kojak walked out of the surgery sporting a magnificent mullet, word soon got around to the other great detectives. Most of the cases were straightforward: Cannon was underweight (the camera is fattening), Batman had a rubber allergy, and Porfiry Petrovich had the runs after a bad bowl of borscht.

But Columbo? It seemed an uncomplicated tension headache, so I gave him some general advice on lifestyle changes and a prescription for co-codamol. “That’s …

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