Fillers A memorable patient

The gambler

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:674
  1. David Cummins, consultant haematologist
  1. Harefield Hospital, Middlesex

    He was a poker player—one of Europe's finest—and he faced death. The stress, the smoke, and the stillness had wrecked his heart: a change in lifestyle was called for. His casino confrères were sanguine. “What makes this guy the best,” said one, “is that he knows when to quit.”

    The truth was more complex. The difference between great poker players and good ones, …

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