PatientWiseBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.472 (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:472
- Trisha Greenhalgh
My elderly neighbour was offended when her grandchildren sent word processed Christmas thank you letters. But these youngsters learnt the keyboard at mother's knee, and by the time they emerge from medical school paperless consultations will be the norm. Paperless, that is, save for a ream or two in the printer tray. I am no technophobe, but as a compulsive doodler and self styled cartoonist I will rue the day when the pen and scribbler are finally superseded by the macro key and screen saver.
My patients are regularly issued with handwritten instructions on how to take their tablets, or with annotated drawings of their internal organs, genitalia, or …