Filler An important lesson

The hazards of self management

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7163.910 (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:910
  1. Jon Baker, senior house officer in medicine
  1. London

    It started with a cough, just a bit of a cold. Soon I was bringing up thick green looking sputum. The sort of stuff that patients normally delight in showing you. The cough worsened and took on that rattling, bronchitic quality.

    At the time I was working as a senior house officer in Australia. I had not registered with a local doctor. I had not seen the need; after all I was working in the …

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