A call for help

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:431
  1. David A Kirkbride, specialist registrar in anaesthesia
  1. Leicester

    Many of us are brought up from an early age with the story of the good Samaritan. In the original story the Samaritan volunteered his services. Doctors, however, are expected by society to volunteer to come to the aid of people in need, even when they are off duty. I suspect that many worry about this prospect as much as I do.

    A few months ago, I was relaxing in the coffee lounge of a large hotel after an anniversary dinner with my wife. The agreeable postprandial peace was suddenly interrupted by a loud, high pitched scream …

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