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Letters Getting a second opinion

Getting a second opinion: whose side are you on?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 24 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3253
  1. Dominic de Takats, consultant nephrologist
  1. Department of Renal Medicine, The Kidney Unit, Trent Building, Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG, UK
  1. d.detakats{at}

Helen Salisbury asks, “When the specialist’s view is that there is nothing more that can be done, how ready should I be to refer for a second opinion?”1 This question is packed with implied hints about trusting the specialist involved; being seen to question their judgment, thereby risking professional relationships; and wondering how tempered …

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