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A memorable patient: Mental illness became real and personal

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:g
  1. Jonathan Hare
  1. MRCPsych specialist registrar Royal Free rotation in psychiatry.

    Arthur was the object of some ridicule when I arrived on the ward as a fresh faced psychiatry SHO. He would stride up to the nursing station each morning attired in his pin stripe with accompanying umbrella and case. Requesting to pay his bill he also asked for a taxi to be called, for he was late for the office.

    Arthur was a retired executive in his late sixties. He was a Sergeant Wilson of a man, an English gentleman, very likeable and seemingly quite mad.

    Life had been good to Arthur, loving wife, …

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