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A patient’s narrative

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:b2950
  1. Katharine Thomas, family physician, Tel Aviv, Israel
  1. marshykd{at}

    When Lenore was in her 70s she asked me whether I thought she should write her autobiography. I encouraged her, thinking that she would benefit from the process. What surprised me was how much I learnt.

    Reading her book 18 months later, I reassessed my history-taking skills. Hadn’t I asked about her family? I knew of her children, …

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