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My lousy doctor

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:219
  1. Moshe E Gatt, resident (
  1. department of hematology, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

    My senior attending physician recently told me, “A physician who treats himself, has got a lousy doctor.” This he said while being hospitalised just a few days after having a myocardial infarction. Feeling an uncontrolled severe reflux for two days, he had finally recorded an electrocardiogram “just in case.” Seeing the inferior wall Q waves and remnant ST segment elevations, he still waited to show the electrocardiogram to a cardiologist, who eventually made him go to the emergency room.

    Shortly after, on an unforgettable evening, I suddenly felt the worst abdominal pain I have ever had in my life. I knew, palpating my lower abdomen, that severe tenderness, rebound, and guarding are …

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