Fillers A memorable patient

The headache and the rabbi

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:376
  1. Peter Arnold, general practitioner

    “The sudden onset of severe headache, in someone who doesn't usually get headaches, especially a young person….”—the professor's words, as best as I recall.

    A woman in her mid-30s accompanied her mother to my surgery one afternoon. The appointment was for the mother, who asked if, instead, I could attend to the daughter, who had a severe headache and didn't normally get headaches.

    She said that the headache had started suddenly that morning. Asked what she was doing at the time, she said that she was at the children's school's speech day. Which school? “You know, the one on the hill.” …

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