Friday the 13thBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1532g (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1532
- James Owen Drife
The breathing trouble had begun on Monday with an unusually poor showing in the Railtrack sprint. Then came difficulty going upstairs. Just a virus, said I, but on Friday the 13th I had unilateral calf pain and breathlessness going downstairs too.
Words like “barndoor” spring to mind but I had just proof read the latest maternal mortality report, with its sharp increase in pulmonary embolism and its comments on doctors who ignore the signs. When I developed …