A historyBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7123.1718 (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1718
The presenting complaint
It was a fine day. I was outside. I had thought to myself that it was a good day for washing. There are people who say that they will do it for me but there are many ways of hanging it out. I know which way I like it hung myself and I don't mean to be a bother. It was a fine day and I was so warm. It was a terrible sound. Like someone had cracked a branch. I knew by the sound of it that it wasn't good. It was a very hot day. I hope someone has got them in. You probably don't mind which way they are hung.
A medical history
I knew a doctor once, which was many years ago. You may have heard of him. He worked here. You have not. You must have heard of him. He was quite famous. He invented a machine. It was the …