Drips, drains, and dressings

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 09 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a98
  1. Anthony Craighill, GP principal, Shoreham, Sevenoaks
  1. susan.craighill{at}

    After a restless night at home with increasing abdominal pain, followed by bilious vomiting in casualty and an ultrasound scan that showed “a thick-walled gall-bladder with multiple stones, some impacted in the neck,” the diagnosis of cholecystitis was obvious.

    So, my infrequent episodes over 20 years of retrosternal pains and unrelated rigors diagnosed by me as due to oesophageal spasm and viral infections had been nothing of the sort. How unsurprising—doctors who treat themselves have fools as …

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