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An annoying sound

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:361
  1. Junella McKay, housewife
  1. Paisley

    I must have been asleep for an hour or so. What had woken me? It was an insistent and ominous hissing noise, like the sound of a half submerged ballcock in the cistern. I dragged myself out of bed and padded through to the bathroom. No problem here; but the sound had followed me and was at the same intensity.

    “It's obviously the overflow tank in the loft.”

    Then followed thoughts of an inevitable …

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