Innocence revisited

Innocence revisited – 8

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Our series continues as we move to special examinations and tests.

Compiled by Dr John Ellard

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A bootlace tackle

We all know that special diagnostic tests are done for many reasons. Most commonly the patient’s wellbeing is the sole consideration, but occasionally (whisper it) the practitioner’s anxiety, narcissism, obsessionalism or ignorance may make itself felt. Knowing this, who has not felt virtuous when abstaining from the unnecessary, or relieved when the patient recoils from conventional but marginally indicated investigative speleology, or worse?