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Filler A Patient Who Changed my Practice

Equalling inequality

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 01 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5187
  1. James Meiring, specialist registrar, infectious diseases and medical microbiology
  1. 1Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. james.meiring{at}

He was a few weeks older than me. He weighed 30 kg less.

He believed in a different God. He was born in a country with one of the world’s worst human rights record.

And yet for an hour we shared the same space, a side room in an infectious diseases ward. How did we both get there?

I had sailed through school and into a virtually free university education. I had opportunity, advice, and provision thrust at me from every angle.

That morning we met I had rolled out of my clean double bed in my comparatively palatial home, …

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