And fiinally, in the good old days..

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7011.1028d (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1028
  1. M Keith Thompson
  1. Retired general practitioner Croydon, Surrey CR0 5QS

    EDITOR,--Iona Heath's editorial clearly states the effects of social deprivation on general practice.1 I worked for 31 years in a deprived area without any modern advantages. Patients with severe chest pain were not told to dial 999 but were visited by their general practitioner with oxygen, given antiarrhythmic drugs when needed, and visited daily during rehabilitation. Pneumonia was common in winter, but patients were treated effectively at home. Evening visits …

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