ColinBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7521.E387 (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E387
- Peter S Greene, primary care physician
- Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers Palmer, Mass
As physicians, we need to share good news.
Every summer our town has a festival. My wife and I help at the first aid station. She went to work Friday night. Since I was not scheduled to work until Saturday morning, I decided to go out to dinner. As I ate, two women entered. They sat at the only seats left, next to me. One of the women looked familiar, but I could find no context from which I might know her. We chatted for a bit, quite affably. Disliking anonymous conversations, I said, “Hi, I'm Peter Greene.”
She looked surprised. “Doctor Peter Greene?!”
Cringing, I said yes. And she started to cry. Switching instantaneously from social to professional mode, I tried …