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A date with the doctor

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7124.80 (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:80
  1. Trish Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

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    In my final week of medical school in the summer of 1983 we had a lecture from the medical defence societies that was timetabled as “compulsory.” Among the many solemn warnings given was this: never, under any circumstances, become romantically involved with a patient, and to that end, never agree to meet a patient socially. This advice was peppered with memorable if somewhat far fetched examples of members of the profession who had failed to heed it and attracted assault, allegations of impropriety, or, most poignantly, a nasty dose of the disease that had been the patient's presenting complaint.

    We all thought the advice …

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