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Fillers A memorable patient

The white coated man's burden

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7468.723 (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:723

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Sweet memories ?

Dr. Moore-Gillon's account of his memorable patient was very well
done. I now, having never met the doctor, like him on the basis of his
little story.

However, I cannot help but think about the poor woman's symptoms.
Symptoms that made her life somewhat miserable.
Yes, Dr. Moore-Gillon agonised over this, he even undertook his walk to
"Canossa" and asked the one who ought to know.

Dr. Moore-Gillon clearly cares .

Is it just possible that, in this day and age, we tend to cling to
the belief that INTERVENTION is necessary, even compulsory. If we don't
use the tools of Modern Medicine we are not doing our job.

The question remains, how many of our patients benefit from our
intervention.

And, more importantly, how many would be better off had they not had
access to medical 'care' ?

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 September 2004
Dr. Herbert H. Nehrlich
Private Practice
Bribie Island, Australia 4507