On the power of communicationBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7212.782 (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:782
- Hyman Davies, general practitioner
Let us call her Frederica for the sake of anonymity. I had been the family doctor for many years, and had attended to her late parents as well as her siblings. She was a 40 year old unmarried woman with a great zest for living, a unique sense of humour, and a modest awareness of her physical beauty. She spent her annual summer holiday basking in the hot sun of the Côte d'Azur, whence she sent me a breezy picture postcard with her own inimitable funny remarks.
Though our relationship was …