Fillers A memorable patient

A death on the Rock

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:262
  1. G B Forbes, retired consultant pathologist
  1. Canterbury.

    This is a tale of serendipity tinged with sadness and it spans some 55 years. Edwin Hutt, a 24 year old stoker in the Royal Navy, sustained fractures of both legs and other injuries when his ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1942. He was taken to the military hospital in Gibraltar where I was serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a graded pathologist.

    After a prolonged illness complicated by lung abscesses and septicaemia he died three months after admission. Bacterium(now Fusobacterium) necrophorumwas isolated repeatedly on anaerobic culture of …

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