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Essential Medical Procedures

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1492
  1. Suzanne Docherty, house officer
  1. Barnet General Hospital

    Ed Peter J Toghill / Arnold, £19.99, pp 147 / ISBN 0 340 63187 2

    There surely cannot be a single house officer anywhere in the country whose heart has not been filled with foreboding at some stage when sent to do an unfamiliar procedure. In an ideal world we would all have an amicable senior overseeing our every trembling move during our formative months, but realistically you never feel ready to do a procedure until after you have actually done it for the first time. My first ascitic tap …

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