BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1448
  1. John N S Simpson

    The silent appendix

    Many years ago I was in a country practice during a severe influenza epidemic. One week three of us had 83 new calls on the Monday and 75 on the Tuesday. Things settled down a little and then it was my weekend on. I had about 15 new calls from people who had influenza or thought they did.

    I waded through the list, dispensing medicine and reassurance. Towards lunch time I visited a country council house and was duly ushered into a downstairs room. …

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