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Friday the 13th

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1532
  1. James Owen Drife
  1. Leeds

    The breathing trouble had begun on Monday with an unusually poor showing in the Railtrack sprint. Then came difficulty going upstairs. Just a virus, said I, but on Friday the 13th I had unilateral calf pain and breathlessness going downstairs too.

    Words like “barndoor” spring to mind but I had just proof read the latest maternal mortality report, with its sharp increase in pulmonary embolism and its comments on doctors who ignore the signs. When I developed …

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