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Fillers A memorable patient

A promise broken

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1211
  1. Anne Savage, retired general practitioner
  1. north London

    Mrs A was a kindly, middle aged woman with a large house in north London, who had been devoted to her mother, a patient of mine. When her mother died she took in Dr W, who had the spacious ground floor room, his own furniture, and all services. I became his GP.

    He was a charming old man with chronic heart failure and we got on well. He volunteered nothing about his past and I never asked …

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