Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Malingerers

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e78 (Published 11 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e78
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

My late mother suffered a severe rash a few years before she died. She had to wait an age to consult a dermatologist, even privately, and then she saw several in swift succession. All their prescriptions made her rash much worse; the prescriptions were so bad that even stopping them did her no good.

Then she went to a homoeopath, took homoeopathic medicine for a week and recovered almost immediately. The rash melted away as the snow in sunshine. I was very pleased for her, of course, but kept a little corner of my heart free for the irritation that I felt. She, however, was delighted that there were more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in most doctors’ philosophy. …

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