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Surgical error

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5269
  1. Liam Farrell, retired general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

At the scene of the crime the mandatory crowd had gathered. The atmosphere was almost festive; Arsène Wenger was combing the crowd, trying to sign a cheap centre-half, and several female Russian pole-vaulters were stoning a homosexual.

“What is your opinion, Watson?” asked Holmes.

“Seems dead alright,” I intoned with Solomonic authority, facts at my fingertips, mildly distracted by a stone whizzing gaily past my ear.

Holmes turned the body over, and a bloody anus bloomed like a dark rose before us. …

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