Filler A memorable patient

The man whom doctors were too busy to notice

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7298.1346 (Published 02 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1346

As a specialist registrar in old age psychiatry, I joined a geriatric medical ward round to pick up patients who would benefit from psychiatric input and to brush up on my geriatric medicine. However, I learnt much more than I expected.

The geriatric medical team I joined comprised a consultant, registrar, house officer, and staff nurse. At first I was a little concerned about how quickly they saw each patient, …

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