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Junior doctor died of natural causes, says coroner

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1530a (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1530
  1. David Skentelbery
  1. Orbit News Service.

    A young doctor in Britain died of the sudden adult death syndrome after working an 86 hour week, an inquest heard at Warrington last week. Dr Alan Massie, aged 27, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was on a general practice training scheme at Warrington General Hospital, during which he had complained to his parents about long hours of work and had appeared pale and tired.

    He had worked a 56 hour week immediately followed by one of 86 hours in the obstetrics and gynaecology department before his death on 31 January this year. He had worked seven of the eight previous days and three nights, including two unbroken periods of 27 hours and one of 24 hours.

    But Professor …

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