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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:679
  1. Jayesh Doshi, senior house officer in accident and emergency
  1. South Tyneside District General Hospital, South Shields

    It was late afternoon, and the professor of surgery's marathon ward round was nearing its end. He had just seen his final patient, who was recovering from a cholangiopancreatography performed that morning.

    The professor turned to his house officer and asked, “What are the causes of acute pancreatitis, boy?”

    “Scorpion venom, sir,” quipped his houseman with a wry smile on his face. The registrar and senior house officer looked at each other with alarm as the medical students tried to suppress their giggles.

    “Scorpion venom?” scoffed the professor as he peered over his glasses, which were perched at the tip of his nose. “So what is the evidence base for …

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