Fillers A memorable patient

A spirit of adventure prevails

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7201.44 (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:44
  1. Emmet Andrews, surgical registrar
  1. Waterford, Republic of Ireland

    It had been a lovely sunny spring morning when I had started my shift in the accident and emergency department of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. But with no windows and no natural light in the department we were deprived of the day's cheery brightness. It hadn't been a busy morning so the day was starting to drag. The triage of “shortness of breath” on the only available patient did not raise my spirits (as a surgical trainee this was not my area). But the gentleman in the cubicle …

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