Soundings

A “heartlift” patient

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.634 (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:634
  1. Judith Hollis Triantafillou, general practitioner
  1. Athens, Greece

    There's a new disease around, and I miss Louella who, in a long line of enthralling, infuriating, challenging patients, undoubtedly holds pride of place. I first met her in 1983 and our association lasted seven years; officially she was my patient, but in terms of “learning experiences,” as she would have put it, I think I gained more than she did.

    In her mid-30s, she was an American writer who had lived many years in Greece. Her first visit to me was unremarkable--a vague history of recurrent sore throats, tiredness, and general aches and pains with no physical signs. I raised the possibility of glandular fever and suggested some blood tests, which were inconclusive. …

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