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Fillers A memorable patient

The young woman with a wart on her nose

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1349
  1. Donald W MacCorquodale, fellow emeritus of the American College of Preventive Medicine
  1. Washington, USA.

    One afternoon when I went to my office I found that my first patient was a rather plain, sinply dressed, young woman, who was about 20 years old. “What can I do for you?” I asked. “I want you to take this wart off my nose,” she replied. I could see nothing, but when I looked through a magnifying glass I saw that there was a tiny circular area that was just the least bit paler than the surrounding skin. “Look,” I said, “I don't think I should touch that. If I do anything it will leave a very visible scar. That little pale …

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