Lucky fibrillatorBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7318.943/a (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:943
- Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
Once or twice I have wakened from a jumbled dream, more a nightmare. Examining in finals, I am determined to fail a young man who would undoubtedly be a menace to the citizenry.
“All right,” I say, the model of the tolerant assassin, “causes of atrial fibrillation?”
The victim ponders. “Well, appendicitis, I suppose.” My coexaminer clutches his brow. Surely it's all over.
But is it as simple as that? Once, a long time ago, I was on call as a …