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Letter: Publish the scientific facts on beef

Sir: Sir Andrew Aguecheek, in Act I scene III of Twelfth Night, says "Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit ..." Sir Toby Belch states there is no question about the harm: a pity he did not give details and so help our scientists. Since English cattle have survived the 400 years, one must assume that a cure was found; or was Aguecheek just another victim of a media panic?


Mapperley Park, Nottingham