Loving patients who don't try our patience

I HOLD a weekly patient sweepstake and the winners are those with the most amusing utterances. By focusing on these interactions, I am hoping to forget the more disturbing ones, such as the patient who, after I had reassured him about the benign nature of his skin lesion, asked: ‘‘Is this something people sue their doctors about if they get it wrong?’’

No, such thoughts are harmful and must be discarded immediately and replaced with the sweet quirkiness emanating from innocent mouths that makes general practice so charming.

A fellow in his mid-60s told me he

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