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Breaking the rules with the one you love

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:985
  1. T Greenhalgh

    As a retired general practitioner, she already knew what was wrong with her. It was just a touch of flu - fever, chills, backache, and a bit of vomiting - and she felt she was wasting my time. I took a brief history, examined her on the couch, and did a simple dipstick test. The diagnosis - acute pyelonephritis with dehydration and ketosis - was one she would have made without difficulty in anyone else. But in analysing her own symptoms she had been blind to both the specific problem and the fact that she was ill enough to require urgent admission to hospital.

    As someone who …

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