BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:792
  1. Elizabeth A Rider, director of programs for communication skills (
  1. John D Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA

    The front sheet clipped to the medical chart reads: “10 year old boy hit in privates.” Curious, I enter the exam room, where I meet the patient and his mother for the first time. He is sprawled on the examination table, big blue eyes peering out from underneath his baseball cap. His mother explains that he was “hit in his privates” by …

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