Mysterious ways

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:335
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh

    Whenever he stayed with his grandmother, he would not leave his willy alone. Every school holiday, she registered him as a temporary resident with me and brought a succession of midstream urine specimens, none of which ever showed any abnormality. The complaint was not imaginary, since whenever I saw the child he would be standing, legs crossed, with both hands cupped over his crotch. The mother, and the home general practitioner, denied any problem. Eventually I agreed to examine him, to exclude what the grandmother called “filth and whatever under that extra bit of skin.”

    I might have spared …

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