“A little white tablet, doctor”BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7335.473 (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:473
- Martin Turner, research fellow in neurology
- 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 …