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Fillers A memorable patient

He was going to die anyway

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:185
  1. Jon Goldin, senior house officer in psychiatry/psychotherapy
  1. London.

    He was memorable and yet I cannot remember much about him. Mid-30s, perhaps, slim, unkempt with a somewhat haunted look about him, sitting up in his hospital bed wearing pyjamas, staring ahead. Whereas other patients on the ward had visitors, nurses busying themselves around their beds, this man seemed to have an invisible barrier around him, which was rarely crossed. He was the man who had drunk paraquat and was going to die in a few days.

    He did not …

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