Truth so bitterBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.785 (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:785
- Oliver Penney, general practitioner
- Weobley, Herefordshire
Sarah was worried about three pea sized lumps on her anterior chest wall. She had noticed them about three weeks before and felt embarrassed about coming with something so trivial. As I examined her, we chatted about the children. She was six months younger than me, with a son six days younger than my daughter (aged 8) and a daughter two years older. Blond and vivacious, Sarah was always a pleasant patient to have on the morning list. Like any intelligent parent, she had her anxieties about her children, and I knew them well.
The lumps she showed me were so small and insignificant that …