Mistakes avoided: On life and death certificatesBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7075.0g (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:g
- D Ashley R Watson
- is a fellow in infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States
From my corner of the cramped outpatient consulting room I could see that the crowd in the waiting room was thinning out. The clinic had been particularly hectic. One colleague was doing a caesarean section. Another was on vacation in neighbouring Namibia. It was a blessing that the nurses could manage most of the minor cases.
I pressed on with the next case–a patient with Parkinson's disease who was nearly frozen because the country had run out of the …