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At last, help is at hand for those of us trying to manage patients with
unexplained physical symptoms. With fortuitous timing, the answer arrived
through my letterbox today, courtesy of the Health Protection Agency and
the Royal College of General Practitioners: In the new flip over card file
"New diseases. New threats", we are advised
"If a patient presents with symptoms or signs that are difficult to
explain, please contact your local Health Protection Team. If you don't
have contact information for your local team, please call: 01980 612 100."