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Filler A patient who changed my practice

One’s own medicine

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1494
  1. David Crampsey, specialist registrar in otolaryngology, West of Scotland Rotation, North Glasgow University Hospitals
  1. david.crampsey{at}

The operation itself was uneventful. I went to theatre at 10 am and was home at 5 pm, having had a tonsillectomy. The day unit sister promised to telephone me on the following two mornings. When she did I proudly told her that I was fine.

As an ENT registrar, I would blithely tell tonsillectomy patients on the postoperative ward round that they should “eat and drink normally.” Gone are the days of taking only jelly and ice cream.

Early on the third postoperative day, I decided to follow my own advice. On went …

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