A memorable patient: Death in the Scottish Highlands

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:g
  1. Jim McCracken, recently retired general practitioner in Nottingham

    So many tales to tell; but I was prompted by the BMJ editorial on “Learning from asthma deaths” (BMJ 1997;314:1427-8) to recall a harrowing incident during the summer, in the late 1950s. It was associated with a wailing howl of maternal anguish which will forever haunt me. I had only recently graduated and was working as a locum in the Scottish Highlands. I knew all about asthma. After all one of my general practitioner tutors and mentor had himself suffered from it. He was never without his rubber bulbed atomiser …

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