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You can never have too much medical kit

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:732
  1. Claire Davies, general practitioner flexible careers scheme (
  1. London Fields Medical Centre, Stoke Newington, London

    Buying a car for less than £100 and then driving it across the Sahara was never going to be straightforward. We prepared our 1981 Renault 18 for every eventuality—a rack of spares, extensive toolkit, and some aluminium sand ladders for when we inevitably got stuck. My medical kit was small but, I thought, comprehensive. I was armed with every known defence against malaria as well as a raft of dressings in case we crashed. I imagined myself plucking people from the jaws of death from such things …

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