Filler A memorable patient

Miss Stepney till the end

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7157.525 (Published 22 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:525
  1. Salma Ahmed, researcher in general practice
  1. London

    When I was a GP trainee in the east end of London I was asked to see a patient.

    “My sister doesn't seem very well doctor, I can't really explain why but I think she needs a visit. She has cancer you know.” It was late, about 10 pm, and I went along not knowing quite what to expect. I felt slightly guilty about being irritated at having to visit someone who was dying so late at night, but knew that she definitely warranted a visit.

    When I got there I saw a 65 year old semiconscious …

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