The healing touch

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1540
  1. Vivian Edwards, former medical officer in maternity and child health
  1. Newhaven, East Sussex

    I read with fascination the BMJ article about the “patient friendly alarm system” in the last Christmas issue (2000;321:1565-6). For me it raised a memory; one that will remain evergreen.

    Some years ago, on a wet sombre September afternoon, I responded to a persistent ringing on my front door bell. Aroused from a deep sleep, Kim, my Belgian shepherd dog, rushed to the door, his ears quivering alertly. I welcomed in a woman, whom I will call Christina. Thin, haggardly underweight, she sank speechlessly into …

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