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A perfect job

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:635
  1. Paul Blenkiron, consultant psychiatrist (
  1. Bootham Park Hospital, Bootham, York

    A precise and methodical man whose depression had lasted nearly 10 years, returned to see me in the psychiatric clinic with his wife. When we had last met I had encouraged him to take up hobbies that he previously enjoyed, and he now reported that he was doing some painting.

    “The trouble is,” his wife added, “every job has to be done so perfectly. He inspects every flaw and so never finishes anything—like the painting. …

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