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Walk the line

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1434
  1. Michelle J Thompson, specialist registrar in cardiothoracic surgery (
  1. New Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

    A recent outpatient giving a contorted and unclear history provided a challenge in determining the benefit he might have from surgery. My boss smartly and simply suggested we follow that age old practice to “take a walk.”

    I was reminded this Mother's Day how the simplest things can often tell us …

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