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A mistake that might have been my last

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:598
  1. David Landsborough, retired medical missionary

    In the years 1943, 1944, and 1945 there occurred late spring sub-epidemics of bubonic plague in the city of Chuanchow, in Fujian province in south China. Hospital admissions were between 88 and 69 each year.

    I was called to see a patient in the emergency room of the hospital. She was a young woman, semi-comatose with a high …

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