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Fillers A memorable patient

On the power of communication

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:782
  1. Hyman Davies, general practitioner
  1. Manchester

    Let us call her Frederica for the sake of anonymity. I had been the family doctor for many years, and had attended to her late parents as well as her siblings. She was a 40 year old unmarried woman with a great zest for living, a unique sense of humour, and a modest awareness of her physical beauty. She spent her annual summer holiday basking in the hot sun of the Côte d'Azur, whence she sent me a breezy picture postcard with her own inimitable funny remarks.

    Though our relationship was …

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