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The medical rumour mill

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:776
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow (

    I winced as he shoved the cannula down alongside my vein and into the soft tissues of my forearm. “Missed,” he exclaimed, and swore. We were in the common room of the medical residency and practising gaining intravenous access on each other. Despite the beer, it hurt. Only one of our group was remotely competent at practical procedures and was accorded hero status. My pain at least gave me some insight into what it is to be …

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