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Another fine mess

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:951
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    “Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him,” said Lady Macbeth; we sense her unrelenting ambition beginning to ebb and I reckon that Shakespeare must have been painfully conversant with both the spiritual and practical import of spilt blood. It can be a cathartic sight, and it makes a spectacle totally disproportionate to the amount bled.

    Just the smallest drop can masquerade as a life threatening haemorrhage. “Don't …

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