Patients always complain of backache. Nobody ever tells you they've got frontache. Harold Ellis, Professor of Surgery, Westminster Medical School When I was a student the emphasis was on the diagnostic information that you could get from pain. Where is it? What brings it on? Is it sharp or dull? Is it constant or does … Continue reading What they don’t teach you in medical school about pain (and some of what they do)
I once had a rather odd conversation with a patient, which went something like this: "Tell me, Doc, how long have I got left?" "I can't really give you a very good answer to that." "Well, put it this way: Do you think I will last the Summer?" "Yes, I think there's a reasonably good … Continue reading How long have I got, Doc?