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Bed blocking for beginners

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1773
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    For many years now our students have returned to base from their scattered clinical attachmentswith a case presentation for their final session.

    We are not looking for traditional grand rounds material—in which the obscurity of the diagnosis is matched only by the modest diagnostic sagacity of the team involved—but for the really difficult stuff: the kind of case where people had to stop, reflect, worry, or even argue not about biomedical issues, great or small, but about social or ethical aspects of …

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