It’s good not to talkBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1374 (Published 29 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1374
- Liam Farrell, retired general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
“Mr X doesn’t talk to patients,” she said.
Joe had been having some problems, but was unable to contact his consultant. So I’d rung Mr X’s secretary.
“Pardon?” I said, wondering if I had heard properly. Or was this the ultimate expression of keyhole surgery; doctor and patient shouting through the keyhole at each other?
“Mr X doesn’t talk to patients,” she repeated, like Browning’s wise thrush, which “sings each song twice over, / Lest you think he never …