Leaving mercy to heavenBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7391.688 (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:688
- Hilary Fox, general practitioner
I was her general practitioner for several years, first as a trainee and then a partner in the practice. Over that time she gradually became more disabled with osteoarthritis and progressed from being a surgery attender to one whom I visited at home when necessary. She used to send me flowers at Christmas. She was one who used to say “Don't get old.” Many say that, but with her I once joked, “It's better than the alternative,” and we shared a laugh.
Later she developed atrial fibrillation and took warfarin. She was intolerant of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and we struggled to …