Excerpts from a Family Medical DictionaryBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1571-a (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1571
- John Quin, consultant physician (John.Quin@bsuh.nhs.uk)
- Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
How to write about the death of your mother? That is the burden Rebecca Brown admirably shoulders in this short and valuable memoir. Each pithy chapter is titled after a medical term, an ever serious litany that charts the downward spiral of a life.
Brown's mother was an active soul who rarely complained, a keen driver based in New Mexico who travelled across the vast spaces of American desert to …