For the pleasure of their companyBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7462.380 (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:380
- Marga Hogenboom, general practitioner
- 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 …