A patient that changed my practice: Mother knows best

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:l
  1. Rahul Kacker, general practice trainee
  1. Sheffield

    I have lost count of the number of times my teachers taught that in paediatrics “Mother is always right.”

    As a casualty officer I decided to do locum work. The first card I picked up was that of a 4 month old boy who had had “one week history of cough, crying all the time.” Squeezed in at the end of the summary was, “Mother concerned about development.” She told me that she had three other children. “I know that there is something wrong here. It's more than just that he's small and will catch up later,” she added.

    The boy had been born after a complication free pre-, intra-, and postpartum pregnancy …

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