Fillers A memorable patient

Trouble at sea

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7492.666 (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:666
  1. Gabriel Jaffe, retired general practitioner
  1. Bournemouth, Dorset

I once worked as a locum for the regular ship's doctor of a large transatlantic passenger liner. Two days out from port a tall good looking 67 year old man came to the surgery. The diagnosis soon became apparent from his unhappy history of the previous 48 hours. He and his 28 year old wife were on their honeymoon, having got married just three days earlier. The daunting spectre of his impotence had become a depressing reality, and the survival of the marriage was already in the balance. “Maybe you can help me, doc,” was hiscri …

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