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ProCESS trial recalls Sir William Osler’s advice
  1. Charles Edward Murphy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charles Edward Murphy, Department of Emergency, UCSF, 505 Parnassus, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA; charles.murphy{at}, murphy.charles{at}

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Dear Editor,

The ProCESS study1 brings to mind the observation by Sir William Osler that (to paraphrase) one should use a new therapy as often as possible while it still works. I have used Swan Ganz catheters, aminophylline, bretyllium, MAST trousers, nasal intubation, ipecac and neonatal suction bulbs while they worked and abandoned them when they no longer …

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