Dukes's patientBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7525.1128 (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1128
- Andrew Crowther, general practitioner
The computerised patient record is now accepted as a more efficient way of recording and recalling general practice activity than a mass of notes crammed into a Lloyd George packet. But even the most sophisticated archiving and retrieval system could not generate the thrill of discovering a historic document in a patient's notes.
In the late 1970s one of my elderly woman patients, whom I was visiting, casually asked if I could prescribe a roll of …