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Fillers Observing patients

The knock on the door

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:40
  1. John Ward, physician
  1. Sheffield

    So much of the benefit from a medical consultation must depend on how comfortable the patient feels in the presence of the doctor, coupled, of course, with the attitude and behaviour of that doctor.

    Throughout my 27years of practice I have observed a physical sign, which greatly concerns and upsets me. Carrying out three busy standard medical clinics a week, this sign …

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