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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Country Doctor

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e382
  1. John Quin, consultant physician, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
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A man stands with a somewhat slumped posture in a kitchen, leaning against the hob. In his right hand he holds an unsipped cup of dark coffee, the tin spoon delicately balanced in the saucer. In his left he pinches between thumb and forefinger the remains of a cigarette. The ash looks as if it might fall, but he’s indifferent to that. He wears a white smock and a cap flecked with dark stains, we presume blood, and his face mask hangs beneath his chin, the ties dangling desultorily. The doctor stares downward at …

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