Medicine And Books

Patient: the True Story of a Rare Illness

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1563
  1. Lill E Thistlethwaite

    Ben Watt Viking, £12.50, pp 178 ISBN 0 670 87041 2

    There is a growing trend to bare one's soul to the media, to discuss one's tragedies and, particularly, to recount a tale of overcoming major illness or disaster. While I find it difficult to watch these stories unfold on television, a well written account does help me to understand more about the human experience—knowledge that is useful for a general practitioner. The BMJ's Personal View offers moving accounts of this nature, but I have rarely read a piece as gripping, moving, and interesting as …

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