Read Between the Lines

September 8, 2010

When a patient complains of a “sore that won’t heal” or mentions that a lesion “constantly bleeds and scabs,” heed the advice of Osler.

When a patient complains of a "sore that won't heal" or mentions that a lesion "constantly bleeds and scabs," heed the advice of Osler: "Listen to the patient, he is telling you the diagnosis." This characteristic description best fits the diagnosis of a basal cell carcinoma.

-- Benjamin Barankin, MD Toronto

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