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19 December 2013
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Ahhh Girl
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fabfouremily said
Yeah, the NHS was set up a few years after the war.

I assume the character Dr Robert was a doctor in a private practice - where you pay.

OK. So you have private doctors that are not a part of the NHS.

19 December 2013
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^ Yeah, there's the NHS which is open to everyone, free of charge. Then there's private clinics which you pay for, if you want to.

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21 December 2013
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Ahhh Girl said
Didn't know where else to put this. Hope it kind of fits.

I was thinking about the National Health System in the UK. Was that in place when Dr. Robert was written? I just got a little head side tilt when I thought about health care being relatively "free" in the UK, but the Beatles sing that you'd pay money to see yourself with Dr. Robert. I am no expert on the NHS, so if I have that fact screwed up, feel free to correct me.

Dr. Robert was not an English doctor, though the National Health can make it sound like. It's just a Lennon pun, National Health - nation's health. Dr. Robert was a New York "Doctor Feelgood" for the rich and famous, associated most publicly with the Warhol scene, he would give those who could afford it shots of B12 in their backside laced with amphetamines.

McCartney, in 1968, said of the song, "There's some fellow in New York, and in the States we'd hear people say: 'You can get everything off him; any pills you want.' That's what Dr. Robert is all about, just a pill doctor who sees you all right."

In Many Years from Now, Paul further explained, via Miles, "In fact, the name was based on the New York Dr. Feelgood character Dr. Robert Freymann, whose discreet East 78th Street clinic was conveniently located for Jackie Kennedy and other wealthy Upper East Siders from Fifth Avenue and Park to stroll over for their vitamin B-12 shots, which also happened to contain a massive dose of amphetamine. Dr. Robert’s reputation spread and it was not long before visiting Americans told John and Paul about him."

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