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Too many to count

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:553
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    In the days when the pub across the road was a legitimate extension of the hospital wards and on-call rooms, a bottle of beer strangely found its way to the sister's office. A nurse carrying a patient's dinner tray reawakened the hitherto dormant spirit of scientific inquiry. The fish was swabbed and the swab was sent for culture to the laboratory, accompanied by a test tube of beer labelled “urine.” The beer came back “yeast cells, too many too count.” The …

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