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Shells and sore feet

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:391
  1. Ricardo Silva, psychiatrist
  1. Sao Paulo, Brazil

    “When did your belly start to ache?”

    “Yesterday, after lunch.”

    I had examined him through the anamnesis and found fever, dehydration, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. It looked like gastroenteritis. It would be a normal scene in an emergency room. But I was sitting on the floor of the room I would share with him and six other people in a little dormitory in a small village along the Way of St James, the legendary 1100 …

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