The Isabel project was inspired after my own daughter’s near fatal misdiagnosis in 1999. Last week I experienced my own misdiagnosis. Although far less serious, the episode is probably as instructive for the lessons it teaches. It showed me how easy it is to happen, how it’s often nothing to do with lack of time but just down to sloppy thinking. The discipline of doing a differential diagnosis (even for what seems a blindingly obvious, straightforward diagnosis) is crucial to avoid the sloppy thinking traps.
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The Which consumer magazine in the UK has just published the results of an undercover investigation of 30 GP practices in the UK.
Vomiting blood (Other names: bloody vomit, hematemesis, haematemesis).
Insomnia: Other names: sleeplessness, hyposomnia, insomniac, wakefulness, sleep difficulty, dyssomnia, difficulty in sleeping, sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance.
Sore throat (Other names: Pharyngitis, inflammation of the pharynx, raw throat, pharyngeal inflammation, throat pain).
Nose bleed (Other names: Epistaxis, nasal haemorrhage).
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