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Fillers A patient who changed my practice

Northern Ireland weather

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:313
  1. Kishor A Choudhari, consultant neurosurgeon
  1. Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

    With my appointment as a neurosurgeon in Belfast, I realised that most patients desired some personal and informal interaction. They also wanted to know more about me. Being rather reserved, I found it difficult to engage in long conversations. Also, not being a native of Northern Ireland, there were few subjects in common to talk about. After pleasantries and discussion of the medical condition, I was usually at a loss to extend the conversation further. I was aware of the sectarian troubles, but patients avoided such sensitive topics. Soon, I discovered that one topic was popular, uncontentious, and universally discussed by Protestant and Catholic alike—the weather. Good weather was an exception rather than the rule. None the …

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