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Memorable patients: The social admission and the considerate consultant

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7118.0j (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:j
  1. Stuart Parker, senior lecturer in medicine for the elderly
  1. Leicester

    Fifteen years ago I was a house officer on one of the first medical units to be integrated between general and geriatric medicine. The “take” had been busy and on the post take ward round I had several interesting cases to present to the professor. One of the least interesting was an 80 year old woman I had seen briefly the evening before. I told the professor that she was an elderly lady who was really a social admission. She had been living with her family who were having difficulty coping, and she had been admitted temporarily while her social circumstances were being …

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