Bag of bonesBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7391.719/a (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:719
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
Whenever a new patient joins the practice I look through the chart from back to front. When read in chronological order a chart becomes a kind of storybook, so it's less like real work (although if a chart consists of more than five volumes, I speed read).
The charts tell us as much about the changing nature of medical practice as they do about the patients. The old GP notes are terse but colourful one liners—“swinging the Pb”—and …