Fillers A memorable patient

The importance of keeping contemporaneous records

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1423 (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1423
  1. Alexander Williams, general practitioner
  1. St Thomas Medical Group Research Unit, Exeter

    Oliver was born the day after my daughter was, and I remember his mother was on the labour ward when my wife was in labour. She unfortunately had prolonged rupture of membranes that led to a stormy neonatal period with sepsis, jaundice, and feeding problems. He has had an uneventful childhood apart from an assortment of coughs and colds.

    Recently, Oliver was seen by one of our nurses with a tick on his eyelid, and this was easily removed after the application of a liberal coat of petroleum jelly overnight.

    Three weeks later he developed conjunctivitis, …

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