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FROM HER earliest childhood to the age of 46, Emily never experienced the feeling of happiness. She was a thin, withdrawn child with bad skin and a malocclusion of the jaw; the cruelty of other children ensured that her schooldays were a torment. At home, she crept through the ruins of her parents' marriage. Her mother scolded and criticised her constantly, while heaping praise on her brilliant younger sister. When she was eight, her grandfather was hospitalised for severe depression.

Law Report: Costly group claims struck out: AB and others v John Wyeth & Brother Ltd and others - Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Balcombe, Lord Justice Stuart-Smith and Lord Justice Peter Gibson), 26 November 1993.

Claims by plaintiffs in a group action against the prescribers of the benzodiazepine drugs, lorazepam and diazepam, were struck out as an abuse of process on the ground that the proceedings would involve great injustice to the prescribers who would be put to astronomical and irrecoverable expense in defending the claims which involved extremely modest benefit to the plaintiffs.

Fatal drug mixture

Los Angeles - River Phoenix died from a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin, a coroner's spokesman said. Tests on the 23-year-old actor, who died outside a Hollywood nightclub on 31 October, showed extremely high levels of the drugs. Traces of marijuana, the sedative Valium and a cold remedy were also found. AP

BOOK REVIEW / Now discontent is our de Winter: 'Mrs De Winter' - Susan Hill: Sinclair-Stevenson, 12.99 pounds

A SEQUEL is a creative decision made by an accountant. This is not intended as a condemnation; a sequel is more likely to succeed than a financial decision made by an artist. In these tough times, when mass markets are becoming increasingly tribal and hype-resistant, a sequel looks like a safe bet. More aggressive media have been recycling past successes for a decade. In the swamps of book publishing, the great dozy brontosauruses have only recently lumbered into action, and so at last we have Mrs de Winter, Susan Hill's sequel to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, considered such a sure thing that the faltering Daily Mail serialised it last week.

Health Update: Valium prevents fits

A TRANQUILLISER normally used to treat anxiety can prevent convulsions in children with high fever, according to research from Boston, Massachusetts. Febrile convulsions in a small child with a high temperature can be worrying for parents, and repeated fits are thought to trigger epilepsy and brain damage. A study of 960 small children, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that, given orally, the tranquilliser diazepam (brand name Valium), reduces the risk of fits recurring.

William Donalsdon's Week: Jack the Actor in the romantic lead

YOU'LL BE wondering what the latest is on Penny, my beloved. After my dignified piece last week, I can report that she's back in London, but with the wrong man. Nor, by the wrong man, do I mean the fat West Country tradesman with whom she went away. I mean a new wrong man and one who, while several classes up on the fat West Countryman, of course, still isn't good enough for Penny, my beloved.

BOOK REVIEW / Gone to inner-inner land: 'The Penguin Book of the Beats' - ed Ann Charters: 8.99 pounds

ROBERT LOWELL'S word for the Fifties was 'tranquillised', and that seems about right: Eisenhower and Macmillan, Doris Day and Valium, Elvis and Tommy Steele, New Orleans jazz recycled by white middle- class males not long out of public school. Exhausted by war, everyone consented to live in whatever utilities could be rigged up in place of the topless towers.

ARTS / Show People: In the middle and on the edge: 62. Zoe Wanamaker

WHEN YOU get to Addis Ababa, you know you've arrived. Zoe Wanamaker flew there before Christmas, courtesy of the organisers of Comic Relief, to shoot a segment for their Red Nose Day in March. She has always had a distinctive face. Now, at 43, she has a famous one.

The Worst of Times: I wasn't paranoid: this was terrorism: Helen Zahavi talks to Danny Danziger

ACTUALLY, it was a gradual awareness, because one is always prepared to give the benefit of the doubt. One doesn't want to be paranoid, jump to false conclusions.

Health: A prescription for more than pills: At one GP surgery a social worker is complementing medical diagnosis with broader advice and support. Christopher Mowbray reports

ANYONE visiting the country town of Upton upon Severn for the first time could be forgiven for thinking it is not in the vanguard of modern medical thinking, or indeed, of modern anything.

HEALTH / Common Complaints: Hiccups

IT'S hiccup, rather than hiccough, though the origin of the word is as puzzling as the condition; the French say hocquet and the Spanish hipo, indicating an attempt to imitate the sound. The noise occurs when an involuntary intake of breath by contraction of the diaphragm is suddenly terminated by closing the glottis, the valve at the top of the windpipe. The victim of an attack of hiccups is more likely to be laughed at than given sympathy. Stage drunks hiccup, and many people treat the condition as if it were always due to some form of over-indulgence. In fact hiccups, especially if persistent during sleep, may be a symptom of serious disease and can be extremely difficult to treat.
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