Today's dogma may be tomorrow's jokeBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7151.142 (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:142
- John H Turney, consultant physician and nephrologist
She was a tall, distinguished looking, elderly woman who, despite having severe nephrotic syndrome, still carried herself erect. My inquiry about her medical history elicited a startling response.
Fifty years previously she had been an attractive, athletic young woman, engaged to be married, when she developed severe peripheral oedema. Her wealthy parents spared no expense in obtaining the best medical opinions available. All the distinguished doctors agreed that she had nephritis, that she should have strict bed rest in a darkened room, and that the prognosis was grave, telling her …