An ill wind

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:981
  1. Liam Farrell

    Caring for dying patients is one of the most demanding aspects of general practice, and also one of the most rewarding. A senior colleague likened it to maternity care in his day. “When you delivered a baby in a house,” he said, “that family would trust you forever. Now home births are gone, and caring for the dying is the only way to forge that kind of bond.”

    Dying patients can now be kept very comfortable at home, and the palliative care movement, in particular the Macmillan Fund and the sadly defunct Lisa Sainsbury Foundation, must take credit for its zeal in getting its message across. Of course, other less philanthropic …

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