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A memorable patient: Déjà vu

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:h
  1. Timothy Beringer, consultant physician in care of the elderly
  1. Belfast

    It was a dark winter afternoon in January 1981. The friendly Dublin porter at the top of the formidable entrance steps to the Mater Hospital pointed to the corridor where the membership examination was being held. The old high ceilinged wards were dim, and the lights outside brightened the gloom. The long case was behind the screens in the corner of the ward and my well rehearsed approach of history taking followed by examination started. He was an active lively 13 year …

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