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- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
“I don't really know what to say, doctor,” the patient said.
I closed my eyes in resignation; could he be any more ambiguous?
One of the skills in general practice is defining the problem. Anything, just anything, can walk though that surgery door. Tragic, comic, or unremittingly trivial—it's our job to reduce it to some form of manageable problem. But in terms of vagueness and sheer unhelpfulness it's hard to beat that opening gambit.