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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:406
  1. W K Whittick
  1. Purley, Surrey.

    It was my mother's third visit to the accident and emergency department in as many months and she was obviously very ill, being weak, dehydrated with fast shallow breathing, very low blood pressure, and a deathly pallor. She had received treatment for about six months for anaemia with folic acid, iron, and blood transfusions.

    I was with her as usual for she was 88 and …

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