Blade Runner

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:695
  1. Stephen Workman, general internist (
  1. 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.” …

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