David – age 10

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David is brought in by his father having had a high fever, headache, muscle pains and a sore throat for 4 days. David was seen by a partner two days ago and was prescribed aspirin and told he had ‘flu. Father is angry and demands something more definite be done.

  • What problems face the doctor?
  • What would your management be?

Areas far discussion

  • How would you cope with father’s anger?
  • At what stage of the consultation would you consider the father’s anger?
  • Would you support your partner’s diagnosis?
  • Would you suggest alternative diagnoses at this stage?
  • What would your treatment be?
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