BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1174
  1. Veronica White

    A disarming consultation

    It was my second shift in casualty. The first had not been as bad as expected. I had just about mastered the computer enough to order an x ray examination and was rather pleased with my sutures to a lacerated arm. This evening had been quiet; I had finished work in “minors” by midnight and I went to the “major” side to see if I could help out.

    A staff nurse, looking rather hesitant, said, “I don't think you should see this one, he is best left to a male doctor. He is a homicidal, suicidal, HIV positive drug addict who needs help. And he's carrying a garrotte.”

    “I'm certainly not going to see him!” said my male colleague retreating across the department.

    I thought that …

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