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Living with an anomaly

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1141
  1. Charles Briscoe (, retired anaesthetist
  1. Buxton, Norwich

    The first indication I had that something was wrong was when I went to my prep school and found myself quite unable to keep up on cross country runs. Paradoxically, I excelled at soccer and won the school hurdles. This inconsistency did not concern anyone until, in my early teens, I had a day-long attack of paroxysmal tachycardia. There was no treatment for this in 1952, so I made an unlikely bargain with God that if he stopped it I would never bet or gamble except on horses. He kept his side of the bargain, so I had …

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