A memorable patient: The senior citizenBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7127.0i (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:i
- David Hopton, retired consultant surgeon
The little elderly lady was admitted because of anal pain. As the surgical registrar on call I went to the ward after the operating list to see what problem patients had been admitted.
The staff nurse said: “The little old lady refuses treatment and says she wants to die.” So I went to talk to her. She was 75, lived alone, and had no relatives. She had suffered with pain in her bottom for weeks …