Living historyBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.169 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:169
- Giridhar P Kalamangalam, clinical fellow in epilepsy
- department of neurology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH, USA
I was finally settling down at my desk when the pager bleeped: it was the outpatients' department. An extra patient had been added to the afternoon list—would I see him?
The patient was a slightly built man in his 60s. He had brought recent documentation from another hospital. I asked about his presenting complaint.
“Well, I'll try, but I wasn't aware of everything that happened. That's why I've brought my wife—she was with me at the time.”
This was turning out to be one of those perfect neurological consultations: documents from another hospital, a witness account, an articulate patient. The only question would be whether it was …