Fillers A memorable patient

To cure a mockingbird

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1297
  1. John Richardson, general practitioner
  1. Belle-vue, Ryton, Tyne and Wear

    Many years ago, I daily visited a gentle family man who was terminally ill in bed. He was 80 years old and a widower, and was supported by his daughter, who lived with him.

    One day I found him lying propped up on his bed and looking in a distressed state at the cuckoo clock hanging on the opposite wall. When I asked how he was feeling he told me: “I am very miserable as the cuckoo …

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