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Filler A memorable patient

Clinical and communication skills conquer all

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:711
  1. A F Dinah, senior house officer, trauma and orthopaedics
  1. Romford, Essex

    I had just started as a casualty officer in a rural part of England. My next patient was an 11 year old boy with a fishing hook in his finger. As I drew back the curtains and entered the cubicle, the child and his parents were slightly taken aback by my appearance. It was probably the first time that they were so close to a brown person. I am an Irish born UK graduate of Indian descent, but my skullcap and …

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