Bmj Usa A memorable patient


BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E387
  1. Peter S Greene, primary care physician
  1. 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 …

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