BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1409
  1. Perry Board, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Crewe

    As usual I was in a hurry. Hospital corridors at lunchtime are always full of slow moving patients and relatives. Blocking my path was a young woman in a wheelchair being pushed by her mother. I managed to squeeze past and was just about to stride out again when I heard my name. Startled, I turned round to find the two women beaming at me, recognition on their faces. I racked my brains trying to remember where I knew them from. Patients recognise doctors instantly, but it's never the same the other way round. They …

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