Crying wolf

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:484
  1. Arunachalam Kumar, head of anatomy (
  1. Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

    At 11 pm, an ambulance screeched to a halt at my gate. Two paramedics, holding a glass jar at arm's length, climbed out and came up to the house. A local nursing home had an emergency and needed help: a patient had felt a sting while reaching into his bedside cabinet for his medicine and, on peering into the recess of the cabinet, had screamed “Snake.” …

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