Caring for Mrs BrownBMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6933.923 (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:923
- G Dunea
Mrs Brown is admitted to the hospital because of nausea and discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen after eating. She has seen several doctors in the past and has had various medications and diets. Her symptoms suggest organic disease but the tests give normal results. Immediately everybody loses interest. The attending physician says, “Well, there's nothing the matter with her.” The clinical clerk feels he has worked for nothing. The intern, eager to clear out the ward, sends her home saying she is lucky not to have anything serious. Mrs Brown is relieved at first but her symptoms soon return; so she goes to see another …
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