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A memorable patient: A shocking recollection

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j
  1. Albert Rinsler, retired general practitioner
  1. London

    Some 25 years ago, in general practice, I was visiting an elderly woman who was suffering from a chest infection, but who fortunately was not very ill. I was examining the back of her chest when I felt a tingling in my left hand which was in contact with her skin. I had already observed that the patient had an electric blanket in her bed. The patient said, “It's all right Doctor, it's switched off.” …

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