PROBLEMS OF PRACTICEBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1448 (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1448
- John N S Simpson
The silent appendix
Many years ago I was in a country practice during a severe influenza epidemic. One week three of us had 83 new calls on the Monday and 75 on the Tuesday. Things settled down a little and then it was my weekend on. I had about 15 new calls from people who had influenza or thought they did.
I waded through the list, dispensing medicine and reassurance. Towards lunch time I visited a country council house and was duly ushered into a downstairs room. …