To cure a mockingbirdBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7324.1297 (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1297
- John Richardson, general practitioner
- Belle-vue, Ryton, Tyne and Wear
Many years ago, I daily visited a gentle family man who was terminally ill in bed. He was 80 years old and a widower, and was supported by his daughter, who lived with him.
One day I found him lying propped up on his bed and looking in a distressed state at the cuckoo clock hanging on the opposite wall. When I asked how he was feeling he told me: “I am very miserable as the cuckoo …