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Cunegonde's ears, or multiple medical errors

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7251.1739/a (Published 24 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1739
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    When Miss Cunegonde first arrived from the 18th century, riding on her broomstick, she had hoped to set up her own web page, appear on the Larry King show, and meet Miss Monica Lewinsky. Instead she developed a urinary infection unrelieved by Chinese herbs, megavitamins, acupuncture, and high doses of ibuprofen.

    In the emergency room at the hospital the clerk misspells her name with a K, records her date of birth as 1980, …

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