In the line of dutyBMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7232.427 (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:427
- Rashid N Siddiqui, consultant chest physician
- Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Six years ago I was completing the last year of my registrar's rotation in a busy teaching hospital. On-call for general medicine one evening and accompanied by a few final year medical students I could not help noticing a bedraggled young man with wild looking eyes. He was sitting in a cubicle in the accident and emergency department muttering loudly to himself and hopping up and down like a mechanical toy. No, he was not drunk or delirious, I was told; he was a psychiatric patient waiting to be seen. As I …
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