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Letters Medicine’s solemn moments

Every operation is a special event

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5151
  1. Mark W Davies, consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine
  1. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK
  1. gasmark{at}

Sokol shows that the solemn moments of medicine are more common than we think.1

“Is your birthday a special day for you?” I often ask trainees as we wait in the anaesthetic room for the next patient …

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