Filler A memorable patient

Little and often

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1688
  1. Jacky Davis, Whittington hospital, Highgate Hill, London
  1. drjcdavis{at}

In the old days junior radiologists used to spend a lot of time doing barium lists—swallows, meals, and the dreaded enema list. Barium enemas must have been equally dreaded by our patients given the unpleasant preparation required and the indignities of the double contrast enema—“Try to hold on to the air, Mrs Green. Imagine you are having tea with the Queen.”

But beyond the horror of trying …

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