Fillers A memorable patient

Living history

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.169 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:169
  1. Giridhar P Kalamangalam, clinical fellow in epilepsy
  1. department of neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH, USA

    I was finally settling down at my desk when the pager bleeped: it was the outpatients' department. An extra patient had been added to the afternoon list—would I see him?

    The patient was a slightly built man in his 60s. He had brought recent documentation from another hospital. I asked about his presenting complaint.

    “Well, I'll try, but I wasn't aware of everything that happened. That's why I've brought my wife—she was with me at the time.”

    This was turning out to be one of those perfect neurological consultations: documents from another hospital, a witness account, an articulate patient. The only question would be whether it was …

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