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Dying for palliative care

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:529

General practitioners have a crucial role

  1. J J McMullan
  1. Retired general practitioner Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0HU

    EDITOR,—The anonymous diary of a surgeon's death arouses compassion but also suggests that the general practitioner, who has a crucial role in palliative care, played a small part.1 The general practitioner made a referral to hospital in August 1993 but seems to have had no part in the first two admissions, the decision to go to South Africa, or the subsequent hospital based treatment in March 1994 after the diagnosis of leukaemia. Serious difficulties in communication and considerable distress are described, but all …

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