Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Hopefully it's only the fictional Doc Martin who indulges in put-downs with his patients. Many patients are sufficiently anxious about seeing their GP without making their visit harder. Nonetheless at times it's a great  temptation.

When the keen meat-eating G K Chesterton greeted the passionate vegetarian  George Bernard Shaw he stated, 'to look at you anyone would think a famine had struck England'. Shaw was quick to reply to the decidedly rotund Chesterton, 'to look at you anyone would think that you have caused it.'

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