50 shades of blue and pink: the 10 cardinal sins of the clinician . . . according to his anatomical pathologist

Admire Matsika and Bhuvana Srinivasan
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11437
Published online: 10 December 2012

Some studies have shown that there is a serious communication gap between clinicians and pathologists.1 “Clinicians are from Mars and pathologists are from Venus” has been the impression of some authors.2 Others have aptly described the clinician–pathologist relationship as “peculiar yet the two are not dissociable”.3 We view the relationship as similar to that of two separated, doting parents sharing a noble goal of raising their children. While both sides have good intentions, misunderstandings and assumptions that can adversely affect their progeny may occur. To achieve excellent patient outcomes it is imperative that clinicians and pathologists understand each other and learn to work harmoniously.

  • Admire Matsika1
  • Bhuvana Srinivasan2

  • 1 Anatomical Pathology, Pathology Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Mater Pathology, Brisbane, QLD.



On his behalf, we acknowledge the efforts of Dr Grey’s long-suffering wife, nursing and secretarial staff in keeping him on the straight and narrow.

Competing interests:

Admire Matsika is male, married to a clinician. Bhuvana Srinivasan is not at all conflicted but has agreed to seek help for her quirky sense of humour.


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