Filler A memorable patient

The gentleman crook

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1150
  1. John Horder, retired general practitioner
  1. London

    Not long before the great London smog in 1952, I was called one winter evening to a house in Camden Town, to a new patient. The door was opened by an old lady, who said nothing, but pointed to an upstairs room. There was no light in the room, but I could see a bed and a prone figure in it. This was an old man, complaining of chest pain. He was a lodger in the house and said that he ran a mission for children near King's Cross. Examining him in the dark, I heard a pericardial rub (for the only time …

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