Fillers A memorable patient

Just another chronic chest

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:901
  1. Graham Neale, retired physician/gastroenterologist

    It was a Thursday morning ward teaching session some years ago. My final year students were not happy. They were due to take a written examination within the next week or so and thought that they should be free of ward work to study pathology. But they also had to be signed up in clinical medicine, and I was not disposed to let them off the hook. I tried to be placatory. They could choose the patients we would see. I was faced with a truculent silence. So, why not a new admission? Two students had seen patients the previous night but still no offers. It was time to …

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