Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The i-patient

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1919 (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1919
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    My brother lay semiconscious, the concrete block from the roof beside him. Blood leaked over his face. When he came round I dragged him—in the style of a matinee war film—inside to Mum. She washed his face, put pressure on his scalp wound, then put him to bed to sleep it off. Next day he was ready for school. We lived 30 km from a medical clinic and had no car. Coughs, colds, …

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