Buying cake is our job

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:379
  1. Yolanda S Augustin, senior house officer in palliative medicine, London
  1. Yolanda_augustin04{at}

    I cried at work yesterday, for the first time in ages. Don't know why—it was probably a culmination of a number of small things, but I'd been spending the whole day running around trying to clerk patients, place cannulas, replace blocked suprapubic catheters, chase blood results, liaise with oncologists, break bad news, and talk to relatives. I should know by now that medicine is stressful and you need to multitask.

    On the ward round that morning we'd seen a man with cancer who had come to us for symptom control, but it now looked as though …

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