A memorable patientBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.933 (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:933
- Gregor Mannes
Facts and figures
During their medical education doctors are taught to translate the symptoms of the patients into objective parameters in order to come to the right diagnosis. Teachers also remind their students that it is not always possible to express the facts into figures, and a good doctor should never refrain from watching and listening to the patient. In medical literature, however, figures seem to be all that matter, and it is easy to forget the old lesson.
After I had finished my training in pulmonology I became one of the doctors responsible for a new lung transplantation programme. Many things had to be learnt …