Diagnosis by exclusion: take time to talk to patients and offer information and explanationsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2029 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2029
- Jonathan R Benger, consultant in emergency medicine
- Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW, UK
Ali raises an important point regarding the implications of diagnosis by exclusion.1 The online version of his article begins “Having completed attachments in acute medicine and cardiology, I have seen quite a few patients presenting with chest pain,” an entirely reasonable statement. However, the print …
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