Saving Fred: what family practice means to medicine.

  title={Saving Fred: what family practice means to medicine.},
  author={David Loxterkamp},
  volume={321 7276},
It is legend now, that Christmas Eve of 1985. I was just a rookie on the medical staff; Fred was 73 years old and not long retired when the ambulance came to fetch him for the classic signs of a myocardial infarction—chest pressure, diaphoresis, and left arm pain. It is probably true, as he often said, that we saved Fred's life. Nursed him with oxygen, morphine, diuretics, rotating tourniquets, and an 18 gauge needle in the antecubital fossa that let a crimson stream to the basin below. Saved… CONTINUE READING
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