Personal Views

My lonely battle with disease

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7086.1053 (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1053
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

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    Now that this column appears with personal views I feel empowered to reveal my own medical problem. It was not an easy decision. I thought hard about the effect that this might have on those close to me. Admitting to sickness invites prejudice, even among doctors.

    It all began two years ago. I was sitting at my desk and staring out of the window, an important activity for us academics. During it I sometimes touch my ear lobe but one day, for no particular reason, I touched both simultaneously. With a shock I realised that the left was bigger than the …

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