Views & Reviews Outside the Box


BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6198
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

You will probably know (perhaps from the film Crocodile Dundee) that the Australian likes to go walkabout. He (or, less commonly, she) wakes up one morning, pulls on a pair of cowboy boots and a wide-brimmed hat, pockets a mean looking knife, and wanders off into the bush to live on roasted goanna and rainwater while making spiritual contact with the ancestors. Months later he will return, mud streaked and reflective, and be immediately reintegrated into family and work as if nothing had happened. …

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