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“Brutacaine” vanquished, but pain remains
  1. J Benger
  1. Correspondence to:
 J Benger
 Emergency Department, United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Bristol, UK; jonathan.benger{at}ubht.nhs.uk

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Has “brutacaine” find its rightful place in the history books?

At the age of 2 years, I was admitted to my local cottage hospital for a minor surgical procedure. In keeping with routine practice in the 1960s, my parents were allowed to visit only for a few hours each day, and they vividly recall my resulting distress. Furthermore, on returning to the hospital 10 days later, for removal of sutures, my reaction was so extreme that a normally even-tempered boy had to be dragged out from under a table and physically restrained by six adults to complete a simple procedure. Fortunately, I have no recollection of these events, but my parents speculate that this was the point I decided on a career in medicine, …

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