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Physician, heal thyself

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:345
  1. T Greenhalgh

    Last week, after ignoring a dry cough for several days, I awoke with vague central chest pains and a distinct discomfort when I breathed in. As luck would have it, I was attending a multidisciplinary conference at the local hospital. The mid-morning break found me collapsed in a chair surrounded by a gaggle of experts who had formed a committee to investigate my symptoms.

    They quickly ascertained that I probably had tracheitis with a touch of pleurisy. The general practitioner advised me to go home, take paracetamol, and attend surgery in the morning if I was any worse. I said I couldn't go home …

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