A memorable patient: “There is nothing wrong with me”

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:k
  1. Michael Oliver
  1. emeritus professor of cardiology, London

    “Next, please,” and in came a spry, fit looking, silver haired man. In answer to the usual question, “What can I do for you?” he replied, “I am not complaining of anything. There is nothing wrong with me.”

    There was no letter from his general practitioner. Why not? “Because there was no point in troubling him, so I came straight to you because you are the consultant for outpatients.” There was open access in the general medical outpatients department in the Royal Infirmary of …

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