Cautionary tales: Blessed is he who cometh last to the case

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:l
  1. J J Earnshaw
  1. consultant surgeon, Gloucester

    “There's no point in asking him if it's broken.” My credibility is in tatters. I've missed another fracture on the football pitch, this time a spiral fracture of the tibial shaft. Despite advancing age and declining ability I still enjoy football weekly (or should that be weakly) with non-medical friends. Whenever there's an injury the “doc” is always summoned despite the fact that I completed a surgical training devoid of elective orthopaedics. Casualty experience is but a dim memory but, like most medics, I still reckon that I can spot a broken arm or leg. I have …

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