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Student Reviews

Dealing with disability

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.d8181 (Published 06 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8181
  1. Naomi Sakai, fifth year medical student
  1. 1Cambridge University

“Go and have a look at the patient over there and come and tell me what you think,” said the registrar. I went to look and was confused—the patient was looking into a mirror and combing her hair, but I couldn’t understand what I was looking for. I glanced at the patient again, and realised that she had Down’s syndrome.

I walked back over to the registrar and thought about what had just happened. I have been involved with a charity that supports young people with disabilities and their families for many years so meeting someone with Down’s syndrome wasn’t …

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