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BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:842
  1. Michael Dudley

    Resuscitation—to a better life to come?

    I was working as a member of a British Red Cross team in a refugee camp on the Thai-Kampuchean border. At two in the morning we awoke to the rasping sound of crunching gravel as a vehicle sped up to the front of the bamboo built hospital. A brief exchange of frenetic voices ensued.

    She was in her early 20s, with her ragged clothing caked in mud and blood. A landmine had blown off her lower legs. No one knew how many hours she had lain suffering before she was rescued. The armed men, who had picked her up and dropped her …

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