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Fillers A memorable patient

Not an ordinary sore throat

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1264
  1. Jim Price, general practitioner
  1. Chichester

    It was a busy Saturday morning surgery. The patient was a 52 year old Menorcan waiter whom I knew vaguely, having seen him a few times when his marriage was in trouble. His new partner made the call at about 10 30 am when there were still 15 patients to see and three visits in the book. He had been down to the surgery the previous afternoon with a sore throat without a cough, and had been prescribed penicillin by one of my partners. His girlfriend said that he was no better and was having trouble breathing. I asked if he could come down to the surgery, to …

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