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A memorable ward round

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 07 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b447
  1. Douglas Seaton, retired consultant physician, Ipswich
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    Some 25 years ago, I was a young consultant physician about to start an early morning ward round with my usual team of registrar, senior house officer, and preregistration house physician. All started according to plan except that the SHO was absent. I knew her to be diligent, so I assumed she had probably been distracted by some other pressing call of duty. By …

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