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Clinico-pathological conferences. 6, My husband thinks it's nerves : a problem of diagnosis.

Nicholas, Simon C.
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Part 1 is entitled 'Amanda Selby presents to the General Practitioner'. Amanda Selby returns from a visit to the GP and argues with her husband who accuses her of being a hypochondriac. At a subsequent visit to the GP she has developed a skin reaction. Her case reveals various mensturation and joint problems as well as other aches and pains. Part 2 is entitled The Consultant takes a history. Amanda refers Amanda to Dr Ann Whitehead in the Department of Rheumatology. Amanda talks about her childhood; she lost her mother as a teenager and complains of joint pains and headaches. She talks about her early career a laboratory technician and then as an air hostess. Part 3 is the consultant's examination. Amanda explains her visit to the consultant to her unsympathetic husband. The consultant breaks the news that Amanda has a relatively rare condition... Part 4 The Diagnosis is presented by Dr Carol Black, Consultant Rheumatologist, West Middlesex University Hospital. Dr Black talks about the difficulty of diagnosis in connective tissue diseases. A real patient with rheumatoid arthritis describes her symptoms. An infomercial for Voltoral Retard, an anti-inflamatory treatment, is inserted. Part 4 The Diagnosis, also presented by Dr Carol Black, looks at Systemic Lupus and Erythematosus. A patient with these conditions describes the symptoms. An infomercial for Voltoral Retard, an anti-inflamatory treatment, is inserted. Part 4 The Diagnosis also presented by Dr Carol Black, looks at further alternative diagnoses; mixed connective tissue disease, polymyositis, dermatomyositis. Patients with these conditions describe the symptoms. An infomercial for Voltoral Retard, an anti-inflamatory treatment, is inserted. Part 4 The Diagnosis: Dr Black reviews all the case studies especially her history. The final diagnosis is scleroderma; the patient which this case story was based upon talks about her condition. An infomercial for Voltoral Retard, an anti-inflamatory treatment, ends the programme.



Physical description

1 videocassette (45:45 min.) (DIGIBETA) : 1 videocassette (45:45 min.) (One inch tape) : 1 DVD (45:45 min.) : sound, colour. sound, colour. sound, colour ; 12 cm.

Copyright note

Geigy Pharmaceuticals.
Access copy.


The Clinico-Pathological Conference (CPC) series of programmes started in 1975 and was designed to provide the pharmaceutical industry who sponsored their production with educational material to promote discussion with the medical profession. The programmes are rich in clinical interest and provide an insight into medical practice in the 1980s and 90s. Much greater emphasis was placed upon case history and a physical examination before the prevalance of CT scans and ultrasound. Originally there were eight sets of five programmes supplied as a boxed set (both set one made for Merck Sharpe & Dohme and set four are missing). The series was originally shot on film and then subsequently transferred to video whereupon some programmes and film elements have been lost or not retained as it was not cost effective to store them when no longer in circulation.
This series was distributed on VHS and this format allowed for a much less rigid form of presentation. Following the clinical presentation the audience was provided with the opportunity to choose one of four alternative diagnoses. For each diagnosis chosen, whether or not correct, a patient was featured who had that diagnostic label and the similarities and differences between that patient and the one shown in the presentation were highlighted. This added to the educational value of the programme.
This title is presented here as a seamless production whereas it was presented as a boxed set of five VHS cassettes breaking the diagnosis down into five sections; for this presentation, refer to 7804V (1-5).

Creator/production credits

Directed by Simon Nicholas. Geigy Pharmaceuticals presents.



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