Blade RunnerBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.695 (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:695
- Stephen Workman, general internist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Sometimes it happens during sign-in rounds: I hear nurses and physicians experienced in caring for patients talking about “cystics.” There, I will say it only one more time. People have diseases, they are not defined by them. “Are you a smoker?” the novice sometimes asks a patient.
I tell them, “Smokers don't quit. People who smoke—they can quit.” …