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Blast lung

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h363
  1. Joseph Dalby Sinnott, foundation year 2 doctor1,
  2. Andrew Johnston, consultant in respiratory and critical care medicine2,
  3. Philip Pemberton, anaesthetics specialist registrar3
  1. 1Intensive Care Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK
  2. 2Department of Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Department of Anaesthetics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to: J D Sinnott j.d.sinnott{at}

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