Bmj Usa: Filler

The miracle

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E231
  1. Renate G Justin (
  1. Fort Collins, Colorado

    From BMJ USA 2003;June:338

    Once again the police brought this 17-year-old to the emergency room, dirty, louse infested, psychotic. This time they had found him under a bridge, preaching loudly to an invisible congregation. The psychiatric consultant agreed that he needed to be hospitalized, not sure whether he was suffering from a schizophrenic break or a psychosis secondary to drug abuse.

    The nurse bathed him, cut his hair and nails, and put him in clean pajamas. Meanwhile I called his parents …

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