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Some patients shouldn't change your practice

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:14
  1. Diane Campbell, emergency physician.
  1. Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia

    He was covered in mud and cradling his injured wrist but clearly thought that winning the final was well worth a fractured scaphoid. “Plaster,” I said, “for six weeks if you're lucky, longer if you're not.”

    The plaster room was in use and wouldn't be free for at least half an hour. I returned to the young man, and his noticeably cleaner supporters. They had brought his bag—good, we could use the 30 minutes to get …

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