Deeply movingBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7317.875a (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:875
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear, does it make a sound? One of a doctor's unwritten roles is just to be there, to be a witness, a witness to pain and suffering, to grief and loss, to moments of great joy and great sorrow, but most of all a witness to body fluids.
Mrs Keogh arrived in the surgery in what P G Wodehouse would have called a dignified procession of one. …