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Filler A memorable patient

The one neither of us saw

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1552
  1. Anne Seymour, retired consultant in accident and emergency
  1. South Shields.

    It was a long time ago. In those days I was a surgical registrar—I retired three ago—and our colleagues in the laboratory were called laboratory technicians. I had been nine years in Africa, come home and done the fellowship, and was mother of the mess.

    On a Friday morning I was working on the ward when I was called by one of the technicians. “First of all, would you tell the housemen that there is a slide absolutely packed with malarial parasites of Plasmodium falciparum if …

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