A MEMORABLE PATIENTBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.249 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:249
- John Barlow
My worst mistake
I had worked for three years as registrar to the late Sir John McMichael and Professor John Shillingford at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. I had gained experience in examination of the heart and had established auscultation and phonocardiography among my principal interests. On returning to Johannesburgh in 1958 I diagnosed a left atrial myxoma in an elderly man and, a year later, one in the right atrium of a middle aged woman. Left heart catheterisation was not yet practised and the clinical diagnosis of cardiac myxoma presented a …
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