A picture is worth a thousand words

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1298
  1. Brian Davies, locum consultant paediatric surgeon
  1. Queen's Medical Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham

    Simple line drawings are often used to record details in patients' notes. Paperless records make drawing diagrams difficult and time consuming, but the following case shows the benefit of simple sketches in accurate record keeping.

    A 5 month old baby boy was brought to the accident and emergency department late one evening with a tender swelling in his groin. He was promptly referred to the paediatric surgical registrar on call, who diagnosed an incarcerated inguinal …

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