A memorable patient: The senior citizen

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:i
  1. David Hopton, retired consultant surgeon
  1. York

    The little elderly lady was admitted because of anal pain. As the surgical registrar on call I went to the ward after the operating list to see what problem patients had been admitted.

    The staff nurse said: “The little old lady refuses treatment and says she wants to die.” So I went to talk to her. She was 75, lived alone, and had no relatives. She had suffered with pain in her bottom for weeks …

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