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Fillers A memorable patient

Treves's young patient

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:437
  1. Michael Lavelle, consultant surgeon
  1. Haywards Heath

    EMG will be 100 years old this month. She is both a friend and a former patient. I first met her as a friend in 1984, and in 1993 I found myself operating on her for gallstones. Laparoscopic surgery had arrived, and so I performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Preoperatively, she mentioned that she had had her appendix removed as a child, and as a routine I asked her the name of the surgeon. “Treves—Frederick Treves,” she said.

    It turned out that she had had her …

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