Some of the best medical breakthroughs have been simple and elegant

My recent cycling holiday along the river Rhone in France was very enjoyable, but left me with a niggling resentment of the French for being so effortlessly elegant.

Just as the Sami of Scandinavia have 180 words for ‘snow’, it seems the French have beaucoup de words for what is visually appealing: belle, chic, joli … maybe it’s something in the (Perrier) water.

And their natural instinct for what is aesthetic seems rooted in concepts of simplicity and neatness. Less is more?

This is also the theme of a commentary on ‘beautiful medicine

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