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Fillers A memorable patient

The danger of a high C

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:207
  1. Georgia Ingram, surgical house officer
  1. Norwich

    While about to take blood, I noticed a thin scar running along the left elbow of my elderly patient in exactly the place I would have liked to venesect him. I asked him how he got the scar and was bemused by the reply: “That is from when I broke my neck playing the ‘Tiger Rag.’ I questioned him further. The events occurred in 1945, when he was posted to Burma. Shortly before the war ended, he was travelling …

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