Filler A memorable evening

A doctor's family

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1369
  1. Philip Edmondson, private practitioner
  1. London

    It was my birthday. A special meal at a smart restaurant was promised but first the children had to be fed, watered, and tucked up with the babysitter for the evening.

    Our youngest daughter, Cordelia, aged 3, had never liked fish pie and tonight as she pushed both herself and the offending plate away from her as hard and as fast as possible, she fell backwards on to the floor. The bench on which she was sitting crashed after her and guillotined the tip of her big toe.

    My wife took a very brief look at the dangling tissue and fainted. The two older children ran screaming to opposite ends …

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