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'Specialists in generalism' undersells GPs


I would like to dissect the case cited by the author of the above piece and the 'case of the shoulder'.Before the astute analysis by the hero of the tale it would be reasonable to bear in mind the following: 1.a physio felt it needed an orthopaedic opinion; 2. the orthopaedic opinion identified a problem with the nerves (and apparently suggested an operation); The hero then entered this gripping mystery and having noticed a glaringly obvious physical sign, and being forewarned of the physios and orthopaedic opinions decided a neurology opinion was in order. The only conceivable error the hero GP could have possibly made would have been to refer to rheumatology. I hope the readers forgive my cynical take on this but I would remind all readers that grasping onto the title specialist will only lead to greater expectations which will quite often not be met, for a number of reasons.A case of giving a dog a name to live up to coupled with old dogs struggling to learn new tricks.And yes, the metaphors will need a centrifuge to separate them.

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02 May 2017

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