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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39332.450845.471 (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:570

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The first time a doctor or medical student watches a patient go from being fully alert and talking to apnoeic and pulseless in a matter of minutes, the event is likely to stay with them for the rest of their life. Two accounts of such experiences by junior doctors are movingly described in Academic Emergency Medicine (2007;14:825-6 doi: 10.1197/j.aem.2007.03.1352). Sometimes this may happen in the middle of nowhere, where medical facilities and resources are scarce—but it can also happen in a centre of excellence where, despite everything that is available to save lives, a life is lost.

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