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Medical rules are needed in marathons in the United Kingdom

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1285
  1. Phillip Loyley (, Father of Anna Loyley,
  2. Pauline Loyley, Mother of Anna Loyley
  1. Bath BA2 2EE

    EDITOR—Dyer reports that two junior doctors, Andrew Murphy and Lesley McKee, went to the aid of a marathon runner who collapsed and died as she crossed the finishing line of a half marathon.1 Dyer reports Dr Murphy as saying that if he was faced with a similar emergency in future he would “just walk on by.” We understand his comments.

    It should not have been necessary for a doctor who had just finished a gruelling half marathon to take part in a resuscitation attempt. Emergency medical assistance should remain the responsibility of race organisers and those hired to provide emergency …

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