Bedside manner

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 15 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4292
  1. Anthony Cohn, consultant in paediatrics, Watford General Hospital, Watford
  1. anthony.cohn{at}

Although I am used to medical students sitting in on my clinics, I was surprised recently by how many notes one particular student was taking. I found it hard to believe that the amount of knowledge dripping off my lips should have filled so many A4 sheets of paper.

When I asked what she had found so necessary to record, she replied that she was simply noting the questions that I asked and the answers …

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