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Was I right to offer reassurance?
16 Oct 2017
A young patient, well-known to me, had been admitted once again. She was severely jaundiced and the cause, as usual, was heavy drinking.
How you did the right thing
12 Oct 2017
Battles between the unimpeachably right and the indisputably wrong can make for great stories. They tend to be simple, morally clear… and best left to Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Worms, infected swabs and a sandwich… lunch at my desk again.
28 Sep 2017
I ate some ants once. I tipped a snack-sized box of raisins into my mouth and it turned out to be a snack-sized box of ants.
Reasons not to give up
24 Aug 2017
The trouble with writing about the NHS these days is that the easiest thing is an embittered rant about underfunding and general deterioration. No-one wants to read that, especially after a hard day dealing with those things head-on.
Her daughter didn’t know she was dying. What could I do?
1 Jun 2017
‘I’ve just come in for a look over doctor, just feeling a bit breathless.’ Her nonchalant words were at odds with her obvious distress and low oxygen saturations. Melanie was 35 years old, with terminal breast cancer. This was her third visit to the emergency department in as many weeks. On imaging there was a large pleural effusion, metastatic lung lesions and multiple pulmonary emboli. I had...