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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7609
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

The Canadian Rockies were always going to be a good venue for a conference. The travel agent offered a deal: nine days for the price of six. We took it, thinking we’d get a few days’ peace and quiet after the other delegates had left.

The hotel was splendid; the snow capped backdrop spectacular. For five days, eight hundred of us gave and listened to oral presentations, put up and strolled past posters, debated topical controversies, ruminated about our collective identity and …

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