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Crisis in the air

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:509

Account is misleading and condescending

  1. Andrew McIndoe, consultant anaesthetist (
  1. Sir Humphry Davy Department of Anaesthesia, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW
  2. Wexford, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR—Dunea's account of a “crisis in the air” makes slightly disturbing reading.1 He describes a scene surrounding the collapse of a young woman on an aeroplane, who appears pale, “dead, or dying,” with dilated pupils. A dentist is organising cardiac massage, elevation of the legs, and facemask oxygen while personally attending to the patient's airway. Whatever the cause of the …

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