A PATIENT WHO CHANGED MY PRACTICEBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1410 (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1410
- Andrew Thorns
The patient must come first
It was my first house job. Surgery. I was fresh out of medical school and enthusiastic, a keen but naive young doctor. Fred—we were not allowed to call her anything else—was in her 70s and came from the north east. Admitted under us with abdominal pain, she was soon found to have a large and advanced lung primary.
The prognosis was gloomy. She was awaiting a hospice bed and stayed with us on the ward for a couple …