Several grateful patients

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:743
  1. Duncan I Campbell, retired anaesthetist (
  1. Sydney, Australia

    In 1958 I served my national service as the sole anaesthetist in the British military hospital at Kluang, Malaya. In this region groups referred to as “communist terrorists” had frequent skirmishes with British patrols. The wounded British were treated at our hospital, whereas the wounded terrorists were taken to the civilian hospital in Kluang, but most were killed by knife attack on their first night.

    Shortly after my arrival the British authorities extended a goodwill gesture to the civilian …

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