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Medical numeracy
  1. Malcolm Bateson
  1. Dr M Bateson, Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6AD, UK; malcolm.bateson@cddah.nhs.uk

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    Doctors are notoriously poor at mathematics, but one of the more difficult questions they have to answer is how many people it takes to make a medical consultation. The easy short answer is two (doctor and patient), but this simplistic reply will not do. A gofer is needed to make the clinic run smoothly; a chaperone is necessary when patients are to be examined; and an interpreter if there is …

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