A sequence of errors

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:213
  1. Brian Witcombe, consultant radiologist
  1. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

    The weekly 500 mile aeroplane journey to the South African hospital shortened the working day for the visiting radiologist, so a car was always ready to take him straight from the airstrip to the waiting patients. If an examination under general anaesthetic was required, an anaesthetist would start to prepare the patient as soon as the aeroplane's wheels touched the tarmac, so that the radiologist wasted no time at the hospital. The senior registrars from Cape Town, who took it in turns to provide the service, enjoyed the visit; it was good for radiological …

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