When we use a wordBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7389.597 (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:597
- Richard Kingston, specialist registrar in medicine
A 63 year old man with pneumonia was admitted three weeks after he had been discharged after investigation and, ultimately, a diagnosis of an aggressive inoperable lung cancer. The next evening I was asked to review him on the ward because he had become increasingly breathless and uncomfortable.
Before going into his side room, I sat and read the notes for this and his previous admission. In …