WILLIAM J.RICHTSMEIERMD, PhD
IT WAS a tired old joke that I had heard many times in medical school. But honest to Pete, this is what she said when I asked her what brought her to the hospital: "The bus carried me."
This was not what I wanted to hear. I was an overextended surgical intern, trying to work up all the evening's new admissions. And now I would have to perform a complete history and physical without a chief complaint. By and large, I never had to worry about eliciting the chief complaint from patients because, by the time I saw them, they were already on the OR schedule for surgery the next day. But my patient, Rose, was not on that list.
Woodson G. Rose. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(8):814. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.8.814