Letters

Fillers can transform people's lives

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.998/a (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:998
  1. James Le Fanu, retainer general practioner
  1. Mawbey Brough Health Centre, London SW8 2UD

    EDITOR—Not only can fillers be educational, as Singh points out,1 but they have the power to transform people's lives.

    In his filler, entitled “Thank you for ending 40 years of misery,” Lakhani described his memorable patient, an 85 year old woman whose life had been made “sheer hell” by diarrhoea up to six times a day since she had had a vagotomy and gastroenterostomy in 1957, which had proved resistant to treatment with a fat free diet, pancreatic supplements, antibiotics, and codeine. …

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