Funny business

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1484
  1. Bernard Dixon

    The editor could easily have taken the line out. Most would have done so without a moment's hesitation. But the six words stayed in, and I can recall the piece in some detail six months later.

    It was about Pasteurella multocida, acquired from a dog, which caused Ludwig's angina in a 31 year old man. The authors described the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the infection, and then turned to the laboratory investigations which threw suspicion on a young boxer bitch that the man had played with five days previously.

    “The patient and the dog had rolled on the floor together and the patient had been licked …

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