The greater man, the greater courtesy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:96
  1. Debasish Debnath, clinical research fellow
  1. department of surgery, University of Aberdeen

    It was another busy admission day. I was working as a surgical senior house officer in CalcuttaMedical College and was part of an eight member team, coping with the usual 30 or so admissions. It was the middle of the night when I saw a 9 year old boy who had just been brought to us by his father. The boy seemed to have developed generalised peritonitis and was not looking good.

    “Why did you bring him so late?” I asked rather abruptly.

    The boy's father, a softly spoken man, tried to explain …

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