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It is estimated that in England alone, some 425,000 people have unsuspected atrial fibrillation.
Ten years ago I could get physiotherapy appointments in weeks; now people wait months. As we struggle to control their pain, patients frequently develop depression and anxiety.
Aggie’s twin sister had died a couple of months before. Initial grief had given way to sleeplessness and increasingly erratic behaviour.
“You’re allergic to something.” “I thought so,” she said. “But I haven’t changed my washing powder or anything.”
Doctors often have a sixth sense that the patient in front of them is in trouble. From my rush of alertness, I knew that carbonated pop definitely wasn’t responsible.
A typical doctor makes 10,000 decisions a year. But even the best will get things wrong at least 100 times. Can AI offer a solution to human error in medicine?
I’d been round many times over the past few months, after he suffered a stroke from which he was making a chequered recovery.
Speaking with a patient over the phone can be more efficient, but they come at a cost: the non-verbal cues that can convey so much
Had Leanne had a gastric band, she might have been eligible for surgery to remove any sagging skin. But there’s no such procedure for those who lose weight through their own efforts.
He had good long-term memory, telling me about his two grown-up sons and his wife, whom he thought was in poor health. “Mary passed away three months ago now,” the carer said gently.