For the pleasure of their company

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:380
  1. Marga Hogenboom, general practitioner
  1. Camphill Medical Practice, Aberdeen

    It was a normal surgery, nothing exciting, the usual complaints. Patients came and went. On looking back, however, I find that three patients stand out.

    One patient gave me a hug, another told me that I was the best doctor in the world, and the third played a song for me with great care and feeling. Such encounters are not common; in fact, they are unique. The hug was given …

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