A MEMORABLE PATIENTBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1174a (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1174
- Veronica White
A disarming consultation
It was my second shift in casualty. The first had not been as bad as expected. I had just about mastered the computer enough to order an x ray examination and was rather pleased with my sutures to a lacerated arm. This evening had been quiet; I had finished work in “minors” by midnight and I went to the “major” side to see if I could help out.
A staff nurse, looking rather hesitant, said, “I don't think you should see this one, he is best left to a male doctor. He is a homicidal, suicidal, HIV positive drug addict who needs help. And he's carrying a garrotte.”
“I'm certainly not going to see him!” said my male colleague retreating across the department.
I thought that …