A memorable patient: My only patient in general practice

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:h
  1. James Barrett, senior registrar in psychiatry
  1. London

    I was a medical student, on my general practice placement, and my medical knowledge was confined to what a pharmacology intercalated BSc course and a year's clinical medicine had taught me. That morning, the singlehanded general practitioner's receptionist said that he was ill and asked me to come back in an hour's time. I was naive enough for this to strike me as ironic, and returned to find the receptionist and the doctor's non-medical wife looking worried. They asked me to have a look at him. I was shocked to see him heavily sedated, with pin point pupils. With a bit of shaking I roused him and discovered …

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