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Views & Reviews Medical Classics


BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4647
  1. Andrew Baldwin, final year medical student, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
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    I held the forceps firmly and gently tried to tease out the butterfly from Cavity Sam’s stomach while keeping my own nerves at bay. Any slip of my hand would cause Sam’s nose to light up, and a shrieking buzzer would indicate his pain, as well as a failed procedure. My brother sat poker faced in front of me, but I knew he was willing me to fail. He held the “specialist” card for this operation and would be rewarded with twice the money if he succeeded where I had not. But, success! After such an assured performance I …

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