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What does the patient want?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1295-a (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1295
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    “What made you suspicious, Farrell?”

    Holmes was a trifle unimaginative, but he was a stout fellow and well worth his keep, as the big problem with a meritocracy is that good servants are hard to find; when everybody's somebody, then nobody's anybody.

    “It was the curious incident of the cough in the night,” I said.

    “But the patient did not cough in the night,” said Holmes.

    “Exactly,” I …

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