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‘Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.’ George Bernard Shaw

Making a mistake in medicine is always troubling, but recognising your mistakes is an important and powerful way to learn. And even better if you can learn from others' mistakes and avoid making the mistake yourself at all. Marjolein Aerts and colleagues (see page 264) review several patients from their movement disorder clinic who actually had neuromuscular disorders (and visa versa). This type of error is labelled ‘triage cueing’,1 where a patient who ends up in the wrong clinic goes down the wrong pathway (‘geography is destiny’). Nihat and colleagues describe a similar type of error in a patient with rheumatoid meningitis who initially was referred into …

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