BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:498
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou

    The door to my office flies open as 4 year old Aliki, grinning broadly, rushes across the room and flings her arms around my neck. After a short cuddle she sits happily on my knee while I examine her chest with my stethoscope, then she examines me and we report mutual satisfaction with the results to her mother, who is watching with amused indulgence.

    “You shouldn't let her kiss you like that!” says Tasia, the nurse, crossly as Kyria Anna leaves the consulting room, shedding a few tears as usual. “I know,” I reply, “but I can't work out …

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