A Letter To The Patient’s GP Please, Angela

One of the tracks on the Amateur Transplants’ debut album, Fitness to Practice, is a dictation for a typist descibing a patient who seems to have everything wrong with her. Dr Adam Kay’s choice of wording is deliberately unhelpful to the poor typist at the other end. Enjoy!

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  • Just one more thing … Just one more thing to look forward to if I get into med school.Writting letters to fellow doctors in poem form just to mess with them.

  • @thatdeadrockstar1 … @thatdeadrockstar1 I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with having high expectations, especially in something as crucial as medicine. I always expect my doctor to do everything in his power to help me when I go to see him, but I also realise that sometimes he can’t just make things better. I can’t call him a mediocre doctor if he fails me simply because there is no answer. That said, if I were to see a doctor who gave a half-hearted attempt to cure me, I would be far from delighted.

  • @thebuttonmushroom … @thebuttonmushroom but sir, is it wrong that the public have ‘ very high expectations’ of those working within the medical profession?

    i have never met a patient that attended hospital who said ‘Hay doc, am pretty ill and would really appreciate if you could cure me, but if not Que Sera, Sera ‘

    surely having high expectations means that the mediocre doctors will be found out sooner or later

  • @ilsennodipoi lol … @ilsennodipoi lol Having a mediocre doctor is as reassuring as having a mediocre pilot. People have very high expectations of the medical profession, and sadly don’t seem to be able to process that we all make mistakes and most certainly don’t have all the answers!

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  • @legendofthelol … @legendofthelol Sadly not. I applied for Medicine and was left on the reserve list in case someone dropped out / dead. No one did and I’ve since changed my aspirations to just work in healthcare as opposed to on the front line. I have huge respect for those who do successfully pursue Medicine, enjoy it and become excellent doctors. I have had the great pleasure of meeting some such people.

  • I know. Not sure … I know. Not sure all the rest of the punctuation is wholly accurate either but it’s more there for comedy I guess.

  • I know that. Suman … I know that. Suman is an anaesthetist and Adam a gynaecologist. I’ve been in touch with both of them. I’m just saying that this whole scenario is fictional … unless of course Adam really has had a patient with all these problems, in which case I don’t envy him!

  • hes not a fictional … hes not a fictional doctor, both Adam Kay and Suman Biswas are real doctors in the Royal Bromton Hospital in London UK

  • In the UK Latin is … In the UK Latin is not a requirement for studying Medicine anymore, though I believe it used to be. I however have just spent the last three years studying both Latin and Greek full time and can appreciate the roots of most medical terminology. I really recommend Donald M. Ayers’ book “Bioscientific Terminology: Words from Latin and Greek Stems” to any medic or classicist!


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