A patient's view: endoscopy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1625
  1. Allen Samuels

    Unpleasant but not painful, said my general practitioner. “They knock you out,” said a general practitioner pal. I was deeply apprehensive of this examination. The endoscopy was done in a central London hospital because it is my university vacation and my doctor in Wales, now a budget holder, arranged for the examination. It is a credit to a national health scheme that the whole operation was carried out with such smooth efficiency. I received a clear leaflet, written in a tone of becalming reassurance, setting out the procedures for the investigation. It pointed out that there were slight variations, and I thought that a nice and intelligent touch. The leaflet, which was beginning to assume the position of a sacred text in my …

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