Words unsaidBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7254.172 (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:172
- Adrian Drake-Lee, consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon
In hospital medicine, as in general practice, trust between patient and doctor builds up over the years. Sometimes very little occurs during the consultation apart from reassurance that all is well and yet both the doctor and patient are satisfied at the outcome.
My particular patient had a carcinoma of her lower lip treated by radiotherapy four years before my appointment in Birmingham 13 years ago. This left the skin very thin and subject to repeated superficial breakdowns. From …