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“I’m sorry, doctor, my dog ate my inhaler”—the trials and tribulations of a clinical researcher

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2097
  1. Robert Morton, clinical research fellow, Academic Unit of Child Health, University of Sheffield
  1. r.w.morton{at}

The aphorism “never work with children or animals” is credited to W C Fields, a comedian, though I suspect he may also have worked in clinical research. As a paediatric researcher I am, fortunately, able to avoid working with animals (the occasional troublesome teddy bear aside) but obliged to put the success of my research in the hands of our friends under the age of 16.

I am running a trial to see if childhood asthma can be improved by attaching devices …

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