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Down and out in Italy

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6963.1237 (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1237
  1. G Dunea

    Among the vacation packages available to tourists there is one that includes a six weeks' stay at a public hospital in Italy. A prerequisite for joining is severe jaundice from hepatitis A combined with the supreme confidence and unbounded insouciance of youth. This tour I took in 1959, soon after my internship. By the time I reached Milan I was ready for an educational experience at the other end of the needle in a large noisy medical ward. Here patients were being admitted at all hours and old men shuffled about all night with their parrot shaped “papagallo” urinals. In the next bed a man still confined to bed several weeks after a myocardial infarction was attached to a huge oxygen …

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