Diagnosis dilemma

A SAVAGE possum attack on his cat, Tigger, was the trigger for Dr Ian Charlton’s interest in overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The Kincumber, NSW, GP attempted to dress Tigger’s wounds and received an ungrateful clawing for his trouble. Instead, Tigger retired to the garden, licked his wounds and lay in the sun for seven days before returning, wounds healed, ready to be mollycoddled.

The attack coincided with Dr Charlton’s discovery of a range of literature questioning the efficacy of wound dressings such as alginates, hydrocolloids