An appalling experience

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3747
  1. Rahij Anwar, orthopaedic surgeon, Bexleyheath, London
  1. rahijanwar{at}

Shortly after I stepped into the orthopaedic world, I faced one of the biggest challenges of my life. My uncle, who I lovingly called “Ammujan,” developed a rather unusual back pain.

Ammujan had looked after me since the death of my father. We enjoyed a very special relationship, and he had contributed significantly to my life in all respects.

I soon started doubting my diagnosis of mechanical back pain because his pain, if anything, was getting worse, despite him taking the …

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