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I very much enjoyed Jeff Aronson's article this week. At the end of a
busy winter evening surgery certain patients' names really did make one's
'heart sink'. It was always a great joy and delight when they opened with
"I feel nauseous doctor". Even better but rarer was "I'm nauseous doctor",
I always resisted the temptation to reply "but you have been for years".
For the sake of my successors I hope the distinction never becomes