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On falling over

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1152
  1. Elizabeth Davies, senior lecturer, King's College London School of Medicine, London (

There is something ridiculous about grown-ups falling over, as if they really should have known better. So finding myself on the ground, after a sudden nothingness where a step should have been, my first thought was whether anyone had witnessed my indignity. All the more so, as my pride at having walked the four miles home had led me to take some steps down at speed—which just shows how the old sayings have said it all.

Embarrassment was rapidly followed by a shock of pain and a sense of gasping for equilibrium, without actually being able to move. Immediately I …

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