Fillers A memorable patient

The first of the fortunate

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.101 (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:101
  1. David Scarfe, general practitioner (david.scarfe@dphpc.ox.ac.uk)
  1. Marston Medical Centre, Oxford

    The patient was a retired professional musician in his late 60s. He smoked and drank more than was good for him and had a particular penchant for brandy. He had had a discharging sinus on his left leg from chronic osteomyelitis for as long as anybody could remember.

    “I was used as a guinea pig for testing penicillin when I was young,” he told me proudly one day.

    “A hazard of living in Oxford,” I joked, thinking about the many requests for recruits for scientific studies that we receive in this small, university-dominated city.

    My …

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