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Listening to and learning from patients
  1. Fiona Finlay1,
  2. Anna Baverstock2
  1. 1 Community Child Health, Virgin Care, Bath, UK
  2. 2 Paediatrics, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fiona Finlay, Community Child Health, Virgin Care, Bath BA2 5RP, UK; Fiona.Finlay{at}

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He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all. – William Osler

We were reflecting recently what a privilege it is to have heard so many narratives over the years. The trust families build with us as they share their often very personal and poignant thoughts and feelings. We as humans connect through these reflections and stories. We like to make sense from them. Each family becomes like …

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