An interesting patient

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:842
  1. Stuart Ungar, general practitioner
  1. London

    I could hear him coughing as I walked down the hallway to his bedroom. As I entered, I was struck by how imposing the room was, light and with a huge bay window facing across the busy street to the park on the other side. My 83 year old patient sat cross legged and bolt upright in the middle of his large double bed. As I walked towards him, I could see his chest heaving and hear his wheeze. We discussed how he was feeling, and I examined him, adjusted his drugs, said I would be back to see him in …

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