Views & Reviews Outside the box

Doing medicine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:854
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    The cuddly yellow doggie in the room that I use for my GP consultations comes in for a lot of attention. If I need to examine a child with earache, we first look in the doggie's ears with my little light. If the child has a sore bottom, the doggie usually hides under the couch roll because he is embarrassed, but then obediently comes out and allows me to look, ever so gently. He wags his tail to show it didn't hurt, and then I ask …

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