Fillers A patient who changed my practice

I should have known better

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:920
  1. Christopher Thomas, retired general practitioner
  1. Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

    When I was a second year medical student in Edinburgh I frequently had sore throats. I found them quite debilitating, and as I had not started my clinical studies I had little idea of the cause or what to do about them. I went to see the student health doctor on several occasions. He usually prescribed phenol gargle but occasionally “M&B.”

    Eventually, either because of my frequent attendances or, more likely, to get me off his back, he said he would refer me to a specialist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He started to write the referral letter, but the telephone rang and …

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