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Saving lives

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2202
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
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    The other day I gave a careers talk at a local school. A boy came up to me afterwards and said, “Miss, have you ever saved anyone’s life?”

    “Of course,” I replied. “I’m a doctor. Saving lives is my core business.”

    “Tell me about some,” he pleaded.

    I picked some stories to entertain and inspire the lad. I told him of shocking someone out of ventricular fibrillation when carrying the …

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