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Crisis in the air

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7237.813/a (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:813
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    I was flying across the ocean in a big metal box, quietly dozing in business class by courtesy of accumulated frequent flyer points and one of those wine glasses that automatically refill themselves, when my Oslerian aequanimitas was rudely shattered by a voice over the loudspeaker calling for a doctor.

    Making my way through countless cabins of fellow travellers sleeping in various distorted positions, I reached a small lounge at the back of the plane bustling with agitated people, …

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