Think before you click: setting personal boundaries for the acquisition of medical information

Farsides, Bobbie (2010) Think before you click: setting personal boundaries for the acquisition of medical information. Clinical Ethics, 5 (4). p. 171. ISSN 1477-7509

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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining members of the British Pain Society's Philosophy Group at their annual conference in the Lake District. My subject was the experience of suffering, approached from a philosophical as opposed to medical perspective. The setting was sublime and the company excellent, but sadly, for me, the event was marred by my own ill health. There, amidst some of the country's experts in pain management, I succumbed to what was later diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia. However, I was unaware of the existence of such a complaint, and therefore described my extreme and obvious discomfort as toothache, and responded obediently to the forthcoming drug advice – none of which worked. In the intervening months I have reflected upon this experience and wondered at how I continued to misdiagnose myself not once but twice, despite two dentists having told me in the preceding months that there was nothing wrong with my teeth. I don't condemn myself too severely, favouring, as I do, my personal tendency to play down symptoms against the background of a familial tendency to catastrophise.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R723 Medical philosophy. Medical ethics
Depositing User: Ellen Thomas
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 09:56
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