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On reading Proust

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7532.59-a (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:59
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    “Your grandmother is doomed,” says the doctor in Marcel Proust's semi-autographical masterpiece. “It is a stroke brought on by uremia. In itself uremia is not necessarily fatal, but this case seems to me hopeless…”The doctor is impatient, for he is an important man and has an appointment with the minister. There were no blood tests at that time, but the old lady takes to her bed and dies in considerable detail over the course of many …

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