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A salutary lesson: Family secrets

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:g
  1. Hilary Aitken, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Redditch

    I once anaesthetised a patient whose husband had been unaware that she wore dentures until I asked her about them while he was sitting at her bedside. From that day to this I have never interviewed an adult patient without first asking any visitors to leave. In the age of open …

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