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A memorable patient: The patient's best interest?

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7105.0h (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:h
  1. Gregor L Campbell-Hewson, registrar in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Cambridge

    Making a correct early diagnosis is not always in the best interests of the patient.While working as an emergency medicine registrar in Australia some years ago I saw a 12 year old boy who had been referred to the casualty department. The general practitioner had attempted to drain a scalp haematoma, which had formed after the child had fallen and struck his head. The …

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