Advice freely given
- By: Sally Morrison-Griffiths
It's classic isn't it? You tell someone you're a medical student and, “Ooh, what do you know about ankylosing spondylitis. My auntie's got it.” As students we can often be forgiven for our ignorance, and phrases like, “Sorry, we haven't covered rare tropical diseases of the eye yet,” come in quite useful.
A friend of mine phoned me up the other day. “Hi, our Sandra's here with our Kylie.”
“Oh, how is the little poppet?” I inquire, remembering the time that she had pulled my cat's tail and then chased it all over the house. Tiddles never recovered and would probably benefit from some feline therapy to coax it out of the wardrobe where it has resided ever since.
“Well, she won't stop crying and she's got a rash.” Oh no, she wants medical advice. “I'm only a second year. We haven't done any paediatrics yet.You've got a GP haven't