“I was too well brought up to say it”

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1208
  1. Marcus Gore, specialist registrar in colorectal surgery
  1. Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

    Four days after her right hemicolectomy, my patient was getting on well. She reported little pain and no nausea and was getting up and about with more and more confidence. Her wound was dry, and routine observations were fine. But I was after that extra bit of information that every surgeon wants. “Have you passed any wind today?” I asked.

    “Yes doctor, I… er.”

    The …

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