As is a Tale, so is Life: Not How Long it is, But How Good it is, is What Matters Seneca; A Tribute to Dr Faisal Masud
AbstractJanuary 1990, I was a newly minted house officer in North Medical Ward. I had a new case to present to Dr. Faisal Masud, for which I had practiced hard to prepare . Nervously, I started and finished my history in breathtaking speed and looked up, standing diagonal to me Dr Faisal was listening intently. He raised his head and gently nudged me and said, “Puttar, your chief complaint is never complete without pertinent negatives.” This simple, but profound lesson of skillful history taking being the bedrock of a good clinician, lasted me a lifetime.
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