Fillers A memorable lesson

The magic word

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:948
  1. Joseph Spitzer, honorary senior clinical lecturer (
  1. Queen Mary, University of London

    It was my first day as a preregistration house officer at the Sunderland Royal Infirmary. The morning was a whirlwind of new experiences, clerking new admissions, taking blood samples, writing out request forms, and learning a host of new names and trying to remember who was who, as well as my way round the hospital.

    Just after noon my bleeper went off, and I …

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