Letters Sir Karl Popper, swans, and GPs

Think it possible you may be mistaken

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7701 (Published 29 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7701
  1. L Sam Lewis, GP trainer1
  1. 1Surgery, Newport SA42 0TJ, UK
  1. sam{at}garthnewydd.freeserve.co.uk

Few experiences are worse than a missed cancer diagnosis, but being missed by doctors who persistently refused to consider it possible is one. Doctors do not diagnose what they have not thought of. Berghmans’ cancer was diagnosed by “a thoughtful neurosurgery assistant . . . willing to look beyond the lower …

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