Doing as they are toldBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7145.1658 (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1658
- Otto Fleming, retired general practitioner
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 …