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Ballard would have loved polyclinics

The great writer JG Ballard died yesterday, after a long battle against prostate cancer. There will doubtless be no shortage of acclaim in newspapers across the world paying tribute to the man who won legions of followers with books such as The Drowned World, Empire of the Sun and Crash.

By Ian Quinn

The great writer JG Ballard died yesterday, after a long battle against prostate cancer. There will doubtless be no shortage of acclaim in newspapers across the world paying tribute to the man who won legions of followers with books such as The Drowned World, Empire of the Sun and Crash.

So why does Pulse join them?

Because one cannot help but think that Ballard's vision of a world in which suburban industrial estates, shopping centres and creepy science parks were just as likely to be the setting for revolution and the emergence of shadowy corporate behaviour as more stereotypical settings for novels, was ideally suited to today's world of primary care.

Himself a former medical student, if he had lived longer, surely Ballard would have turned his attention towards polyclinics, urgent care centres, sinister new IT systems and Government professors wielding huge influence over the emergence of powerful new corporate players in society.

Sadly we can only imagine what he would have made of it all.

Polyclinics: could have been a perfect setting for Ballard Polyclinics: could have been a perfect setting for Ballard

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