Truth drugBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1309 (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1309
- Ian D Conacher, consultant anaesthetist
- Newcastle upon Tyne.
It was Remembrance Day poppies that brought him to mind and made me seek out his picture. He was my last first world war veteran patient and he had kindly allowed me to record his wound for posterity.
I found the photos and looked on a dignified elderly man with a ramrod back and military moustache and a foreshortened upper limb that hung strangely and limply by his side. I remember his whole persona exuded a rigid, traditional, regimental career and yet it was …