Filler My most unfortunate mistake

Sociable medicine

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.384 (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:384
  1. T L Chambers
  1. Royal Hospital for Children Bristol

    Umpteen years ago, I worked as a locum for an unwell general practitioner in another part of the country. Ahead of his times, he traded on equal terms with his patients—neither kept a record of consultations. To add to the challenge, the labels on medicine bottles did not specify their content. I spent many happy hours writing repeat prescriptions for elderly patients: they all asked that, in addition to the specific drugs for their condition, I should replenish their supply of Dr A's “green and yellow pills.” None had any idea …

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