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Introduction 

Introduction
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date: 22 July 2019

Approaches to the emergency surgical patient 4

Communication 8

Ask a medical student what they would do in almost any clinical situation, and most of them will reply ‘I would take a full history, and then perform a thorough examination’. This mantra is drummed into all of us at medical school, and for most patients it is entirely suitable. Unfortunately, this approach is, at best, inefficient and, at worst, dangerous when dealing with the sickest surgical patients....

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