Reviews Soundings

No surrender

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:743
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Every now and again the tranquil progress of our little multidisciplinary team round the acute ward is disrupted by a troubled visitor: not the kind of relative who is there from the beginning and whom we get to know quite well as things move along, but a sudden, anxious presence from another world.

    The details vary, but the basic story doesn't, and the distress is always palpable. “I live four hundred miles away. I can't take my mum. And you …

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