I was delighted with Dr Aidan Gill's definition of a consultation (letters, page 20, 31 August) as 'an equal discussion between two people who are experts in their own field, leading to a consensus opinion'.

If this definition is shared by other clinicians, patients will at last have their own expertise in their field (ie themselves) recognised and valued during a consultation - unless Dr Gill was referring only to equality between 'professionals'?

Tamara Essex London SW11