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Me doctor, you patient

December 2013 Br J Cardiol 2013;20:138-9

Me doctor, you patient

Michael Norell

Abstract

With regard to my title, I think that we sometimes struggle to get this right. As the years advance, it is almost a certainty that we will acquire some form of health problem along the way – and definite that there will be a terminal issue eventually. That said, our ability to deal with whatever pathology emerges might be seriously hampered by the small matter of being in possession of a medical degree. In a previous column (BJC passim), I alluded to the sad truth that female spouses systematically underestimate any disease process affecting their male partner. The example I used to illustrate this phenomenon was the notoriously unpleasant

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