First You Must Know Something Is Wrong
Everyone’s experience of a diagnosis is different. Here is mine: A key opens a lock I didn’t know existed, sending a door swinging wide.
the diagnosis at last,
finally, right now, mine
House Maybe the patient doesn’t know that anything is wrong.
first it is necessary to know that something is wrong
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