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BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:574
  1. Chetan Suresh Modi, senior house officer (
  1. cardiothoracic surgery, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

    All NHS patients attending hospital have their religion diligently documented in a box somewhere in the case notes, but we tend to forget that sometimes our patients' beliefs are more important for them than anything we might be able to offer.

    I recall clerking an anxious patient admitted for coronary artery bypass grafting and being surprised that he was in deep discussion with the hospital priest. I settled down to …

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