At the end of taking your patient’s history you should review the situation. Ask certain questions again. It is surprising how often the emphasis changes in a history. Don’t hesitate to reassess the history. One would consider it reasonable to reassess a clinical sign such as abdominal tenderness, so why not the history? Beware of inconsistencies and check them out. Get the complaints into an order of priority either in terms of how the patient sees her problems or how you do medically. How serious are her problems? Is medical or surgical therapy necessary? How serious are the risks of therapy? Good doctoring requires skills in addition to knowledge of medical science. Hopefully this text will help to begin the process of developing those skills in a discipline, gynaecology, in which they are essential to efficient and effective practice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erinville HospitalCorkEire

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