A little give and take

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1193
  1. Luke Wheeler (, senior house officer
  1. Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

    Mount Isa, a dusty mining town in the Australian outback, was not known for its pioneering medical practices, or so I thought. I worked there for six months in the hospital accident and emergency department with a team almost exclusively made up of ex-pat British doctors. The pace was gentle, and, although this was a working holiday for me, the emphasis was on the latter. The permanent staff were grudgingly resigned to the situation.

    Members of the mining workforce would occasionally attend for the treatment of chemical …

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