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Physician, treat thyself

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1323 (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1323
  1. Erle C H Lim ([email protected]), consultant neurologist,
  2. Raymond C S Seet, registrar
  1. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  2. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    As a neurologist whose subspecialty is movement disorders, one of us (ECHL) regularly administers injections of botulinum toxin (botox) to treat patients for spasticity, dystonia, hemifacial spasms, and hyperhidrosis. While injecting the palms of a patient with hyperhidrosis, I casually remarked how much I admired her stoicism, adding that I couldn't imagine going through the procedure myself. I had earlier mentioned to her that I, too, had palmar hyperhidrosis. We had laughed at how people surreptitiously find various methods to “casually” wipe their hands on a convenient strip of fabric soon after shaking hands with us, acknowledging that it usually made us burn with embarrassment. “Why don't you get it done?” she asked, adding …

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