Fillers Memorable patients

Doing as they are told

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1658
  1. Otto Fleming, retired general practitioner
  1. Sheffield

    We all worry about patients' compliance. However, this is not the hazard. Occasionally advice can be taken too literally.

    A young woman brought her baby to see me on account of nappy rash. The baby did not look ill and I asked the mother to undress her. I was horrified by the sight of a baby seemingly consisting of skin and bones. The only time I had seen anything like it was an illustration of …

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