Reviews Soundings

I couldn't believe my eyes

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7469.807-a (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:807
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    I have advice for prospective patients—if you get sick, your word on its own may not be enough, so make sure that you have some concrete evidence of infirmity, or that your symptoms conform to an accepted pattern. The word “atypical” is pejorative in the medical world, implying one of three things: imagining it, deliberately making it up, or expensive and time consuming investigations will prove it to be benign. We doctors are scientifically trained; …

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