Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The power of doing nothing

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4409
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I recently booked a ticket on a sleeper train from Glasgow to London, and it was surprisingly cheap. At the station, I realised why; I had booked a seat and not a bed on the overnight train. Sleeping in an upright chair—velour seats, stained headrest, other people’s sweat—gave a flashback to my childhood in the 1970s and the overnight train journeys to London I took many times with my brothers. I was always scared, but I learnt much about life (although I never received a Duke …

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