A JOURNAL THAT CHANGED MY PRACTICEBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1269 (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1269
- Steinar Westin
It's a long time ago, but I recall it vividly
During one of those busy nights on call in our island community I had a call from a woman about her mother who lived alone in a modest old house by the sea. She was suffering from chest pain. When I arrived she was pale, pain stricken, and slightly restless—all reasons to suspect a myocardial infarction. Her condition improved a little after a morphine injection and I headed for the telephone to arrange for her immediate admission to the regional hospital's intensive care unit.
“Please doctor,” the old lady pleaded, “don't …