Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Anybody else for warfarin?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5543
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

Another long haul flight in economy class, another pulmonary embolus. More than a decade after I experienced my first one, it was déjà vu. Fourteen horrible hours crammed in the back of a plane, several weeks of foolish denial that my leg was swollen, a few days of increasing breathlessness, and, finally, lifesaving intervention from colleagues who were unfazed when my symptoms hijacked our editorial meeting.

After my first episode, I had taken warfarin for several years because there was no evidence to …

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