The bottom lineBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39752.549433.4D (Published 05 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2395
- Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
“I’ve just passed a 12 inch stool,” said the voice over the telephone with a degree of solemnity commensurate with such a statement. “Is that normal?”
“Well, I’m not sure,” replied the secretary, a little baffled as to what the appropriate response was to such a question, while no doubt at the same time wondering why anyone would bother to measure a stool, let alone share that information with anyone else.
There’s nowt as queer as folk, as the saying goes. And although such an anecdote makes us …