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Dreaming diagnosis

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:891
  1. Nageena Hussain, senior house officer in paediatrics
  1. 1George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, West Midlands
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On my last day as a senior house officer in general surgery, I assisted with an elective inguinal hernia repair. My arm holding the retractor was tiring so I rested my elbow gently on the patient’s abdomen and continued my daydreams. I was soon interrupted by my elbow taking on a life of its own. It was bobbing up and …

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