The benefits of foward planning

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j
  1. J C Merritt, principal medical officer, Cathay Pacific Airways

    Flicking through some back copies of the BMJ the obituary of Air Vice Marshal David Davison (BMJ 1994;309:1510) triggered memories of a spell in the mid 1970s spent assisting him on a field surgical team. We were in the Middle East, and due to poor ventilation the doors of our operating theatre hut were often left open. On this particular night, we snipped and stitched to the soothing sounds of distant music carried in on the sluggish breeze.

    Sadly, on the table, things were less comforting, and the latest mine injury from the local conflict was not doing so well. A deep pelvic bleeder was proving hard to …

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