Fillers

A MEMORABLE PATIENT

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.244 (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:244
  1. Ronald A Millar

    A fulfilling experience

    Seeking escape, with the usual relief, my toothache quelled, I was halted abruptly by his request—would I please anaesthetise the next patient? I nodded reflexly as a silent, inward voice said: “I don't do this. I'm sorry … a matter of principle … in the dental chair.” For I had not quite adapted to “consultant anaesthetist, UK.”

    The apparatus was a Walton number something, with simple controls for gas pressure and concentration—an immediate …

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