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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Bad medicine: motherhood

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 24 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4559
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Holding hands and drinking beers, cigarette in mouth, whooping as the sun comes up, best friends forever, piercing, tattoos, mosh pits, vodka, rock festivals, and recreational drugs—this is youth. Never going to conform, to become our neurotic parents, and never trapped in the open prison of the suburbs. Mother Earth-types, free and alive, and happy to give birth under a bush in moonlight. But this isn’t how life works, because we grow up. Friends pair off, and stop going out. Anxiety, once abstract, begins to stalk us—constantly whispering, “What if?” The biological …

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