A Bit on the SideBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1173 (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1173
- J Collier
Paul Halloran, Mark Hollingsworth Simon and Schuster, pounds sterling12.99, pp 231 ISBN 0–671–71350–7
It is often hard to know why one trusts some people and suspects others. In a close personal relationship the reasons are usually more obvious because there will have been time to observe, to confide, and to match words with deeds. With a patient, there is a chance to question and requestion, to check with relatives, to examine, and to perform sensitive tests. But in more distanced relationships, as for instance with a business or committee colleague or perhaps a politician, there may be little tangible on which to base judgment.
Nevertheless, judgments must be made, and at some point one …