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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1269
  1. 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 …

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