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Peter Devitt
Chair, MCQ Panel of Examiners
Australian Medical Council
and former:
Head, Professorial Surgical Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital


Things in medical practice 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, where pattern recognition often leads the thought processes. 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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