A father's death

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i
  1. Richard Williams
  1. general practitioner registrar in London

    The telephone call came late at night. “He's had a fall. They think he's had a skull fracture. He's unconscious–perhaps just concussion, but they're arranging a brain scan. He just faintly moved his thumb when I asked him to,” said my mother, outwardly as cheerful as ever. My voice croaked back: “I understand; I'll come as soon as possible.” Inwardly I cursed myself for not saying all the things I had wanted to say to him. I thought that he had a few more years.

    It was the end of August, and nearly the end of the languorous summer holidays in …

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