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Primum non nocere

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:97
  1. Laura Wilkins, medical student (
  1. Green College, at the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford

    I was sitting in the outpatients clinic of the cardiology department the other day. A little boy in a wheelchair came in with his father. His father was greeted by the receptionist and whisked off for echocardiography. The little boy stayed in the waiting room and cruised around skilfully in his wheelchair. He had both legs partly encased in plaster …

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