“A little white tablet, doctor”

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:473
  1. Martin Turner, research fellow in neurology
  1. King's College London.

    Few doctors will not recognise this reply from patients asked to recall their medication. After a similarly vague history of presenting complaint, a persistent clinician might try to narrow down what the tablet is prescribed for, at least, though often (and alarmingly perhaps) this is often a fruitless exercise. There can be occasions, however, when the colour is the key after all.

    When I was a senior house officer working in accident and emergency I was asked to take a telephone …

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