The one that got away

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1234
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    She had been doing the rounds for years. Upwards of 20 local general practitioners had kept her on their list for a year or two before asking her never to darken their doors again. She would assign herself a particular chair in the waiting room, and there, daily, she would sit, with her carrier bags, bottles of linctus, and back copies of the Evening Standard.

    Though she had, over the years, had every medical condition in the book, none was currently active. She just liked going to the doctor. She taped radio shows and made appointments to play them back to me. A psychogeriatrician had declared her …

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