Application overview

Speaking Clinically provides instant access to a growing collection of multimedia case studies of diseases, captured through the voices of real patients.

The ability to make diagnoses by listening to patients describe their symptoms is one of the most fundamental and satisfying skills in medicine. Speaking Clinically aims to allow anyone in or connected to the field of medicine the opportunity to listen to real patient's talk about their diseases to help further their understanding and practise.

Cases are indexed by and can be accessed through:

As well as video content, each case is also accompanied by a synopsis and a link to further, theoretical reading.


It would not have been possible to create this educational resource without the goodwill and good humour of the many people who allowed their stories and images to be collected over the years. ‘Speaking Clinically’ is dedicated to their generosity.


Please note that although the information on this site is true to the best of my knowledge, I assume no legal or moral responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information contained herein. In no event will Bristol Medical Pro Ltd or Professor Levy be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this app. All of the patients featured have read the following information and answered the following questions before giving their consent:-

When teaching medical students, doctors often need to use photographs, video recordings, and other images to demonstrate what a particular illness looks like and how to treat it. This helps medical students and graduates to understand the medical problems suffered by many of the patients they will meet during their training and after they have qualified as doctors. With your consent, we would like to make use of a video recording which refers to you and your treatment. When the images are shown, you will never be referred to by name and every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality and privacy. If you are happy for us to use your image in teaching student doctors, we would like you to confirm that you have given us your consent by completing the accompanying consent form. Please note that you do not have to give your consent. If you do not wish to give your consent, it will not affect the quality of care you will receive in any way. If you need more information, you can talk to the person who gave you this information sheet; they will do their best to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet, and for you help in teaching student doctors and postgraduates.

* This means that you release the 'moral rights' - the contribution you have made to the film, for publication and that multiple copies can be made.