A PATIENT WHO TAUGHT ME SOMETHINGBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1438 (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1438
- John A Ewing
Bizarre behaviour may not be hysteria
Over four decades ago when I was a senior medical student in Edinburgh we had a young woman with somewhat bizarre complaints on a medical ward. The clinical tutor, also a woman, discussed the patient with a group of us and, fearing that the nearby patient might overhear, said, “It's HYS.” I was assigned to the patient and decided to prove that the transient visual symptoms and weakness were psychogenic.