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Peter Devitt

Professorial Surgical Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital


Things are not always quite what they seem... 

A careful and well considered history is key in the management of any patient. All too often we allow ourselves to be beguiled by pre-conceived ideas, to make snap judgements and rush to erroneous conclusions. This is particularly so amongst the more senior and experienced members of the profession. Here is such a case, described as it actually happened, with the consultant surgeon interacting with the student - and the patient in the middle...

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