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Fillers A memorable patient

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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 17 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1050
  1. Paul Nolan, consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  1. Belfast.

    He was old and very ill. He was one of those patients who becomes etched in the mind of a young and enthusiastic house officer working in a busy medical ward. He was admitted in the end stages of severe pulmonary hypertension having coped alone at home for many months. Now he had to accept the help of others in the final stages of his life. His ankles were grossly swollen and seeped fluid like sap …

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