Fillers A memorable patient

A novel way to prevent tension pneumothorax

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:91
  1. W K C Morgan, retired chest physician
  1. London, Ontario, Canada

    In October 1956 I was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps at Connaught Military Hospital in Aldershot. This had been the Canadian hospital for the wounded from the second world war, but after the war the RAMC took it over. It became a chest hospital with several tuberculosis wards being occupied by military personnel or their families, along with some wards for other chest diseases.

    One afternoon I was told to hurry to “Reception” to see a non-commissioned officer who had been shot during the Suez conflict and subsequently flown back home.

    I was told that he had been shot in the chest …

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