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Man versus machine: ignore results at your peril
  1. J M Brostoff
  1. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joshua M Brostoff, Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading RG1 5AN, UK; joshbrostoff{at}

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While working overnight in a small UK emergency department, we were informed that all laboratory results would be disrupted because of a combination of a computer system failure and a problem with the water purifier.

My next patient was a Polish-speaking lady in her mid 40s who had been found at the side of the street smelling of alcohol and …

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