Disturbing GroundBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7357.226 (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:226
- Trisha Greenhalgh
- University College London
Allison & Busby, £17.99, pp 254
ISBN 0 7490 0582 3
Be honest. Have you ever received some shocking news about a patient (suicide, murder, incarceration, abuse) and pulled their medical notes off the shelf out of curiosity? I certainly have.
The archive of unremarkable, even commonplace, entries made on the record years or even decades previously acquire a new significance when reinterpreted in the light of the subsequent dramatic event. Frequent attendance as a child with minor ailments, an unusual head injury, a curious phobia, or a two year gap when the patient claimed to have …