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Monk's moments: Keep your feet on the ground

I must confess to having mixed feelings about patient support groups and medical charities. A few years ago, a close relative was diagnosed as having a chronic and progressive neurological disorder; naturally, he was distraught, and looked to me, the doctor in the family, for advice and support, and for answers to all the horrible, unanswerable questions. I felt equally at a loss as to what to do for the best, and somewhat guilty, in the way that doctors always do when it is their own who are involved.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 13(5): 31–31
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