It’s not their fault

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5150
  1. Rob J Daniels, general practitioner, Townsend House Medical Centre, Seaton, UK
  1. rob.daniels{at}

The most useful advice I received during my medical training was not from any of my teachers but from a casualty nurse when I was a houseman. Having been working non-stop for 22 hours, I went to casualty to see an elderly man with abdominal pain. Passing the nurses’ station, I grumbled about getting dragged out of bed for someone with bellyache. One of the nurses pointed out that …

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