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Legitimising personal experience

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:a

What have a qualitative study of how general practitioners approach bereaved patients, a Career Focus article on managing doctors as patients, and an editorial on the departure of yet another medical editor got in common? All provide an opportunity for reflecting on where doctoring meets the rather more messy business of being a human being.

Eric Saunderson and Leone Ridsdale's qualitative study explores how general practitioners respond to death and bereavement among their patients (p 293). They unearth guilt when patients die unexpectedly and inconsistencies in …

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