You scratch my back..BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6942.1514 (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1514
- T Greenhalgh
“I done me Gazza ligament, innit, doc?” He had been route marching with the Territorial Army. I examined the knee, diagnosed simple overuse, and gave standard advice.
“No x ray then, doc? Don't get no letter for the specialist?”
“No x ray; no specialist,” I confirmed. He shrugged, hesitated, and asked for a chest x ray instead.
He was young and had never smoked. I reminded him that this was not Marks and Spencers. But, he insisted, his mate had seen a bloke on the private for a routine checkup and got an x ray. He just knew I would have done more …