Dr. med. Wolfgang Rohrer, Specialist FMH, General Medicine
After nine years of working in hospitals and in the rescue and emergency helicopter service it was finally time: in 1991 I took over the practice of a colleague who was retiring and opened my own.
Full of enthusiasm, I started work as a general practitioner. After around 6 months I had my first sobering experience: during an urgent care clinic one weekend I was presented with a 6-month-old baby who was suffering from an infection. The child's appearance struck me straightaway: he weighed ca. 10 kg and had a buffalo hump. The case history revealed that my young patient was suffering from chronic neurodermatitis. The GP treating him no longer knew how to help him and had therefore prescribed cortisone drops. I was looking at a case of Cushing's syndrome in a 6-monthold child! I was horrified!
If this was the type of medicine that I would be practising until I retired ... just thinking about it filled me with dread! I ...