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Domiciliary visit

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 05 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:30
  1. John Lester, retired general practitioner
  1. Walsall

    The services that general practitioners provide for their elderly patients sometimes stray outside the boundaries of medical practice. I have changed a few light bulbs, carried in buckets of coal, and once repaired a lavatory seat. All these tasks were within my competence, but now and then I have received more challenging requests. Harriet was in her late 80s, a spinster long retired from a musical career. Her voice was still remarkably strong and true, but her Erard harp stood silent …

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