A memorable patient: When all else fails examine the patient

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i
  1. Charles J Wright
  1. is a director of clinical epidemiology and evaluation in Vancouver

    It was an extremely busy receiving night on the surgical service, which in retrospect is my only inadequate excuse for what occurred. As the senior registrar, I was coping with most of the 15 or 16 emergencies admitted through the night, including patients with perforated ulcers, acute appendicitis, ischiorectal abscess, blunt abdominal trauma, upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage, acute pancreatitis, and acute urinary retention. In between cases in the operating theatre I examined …

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