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Fillers A memorable patient

A compassionate end

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:407
  1. R H Soper, general practitioner
  1. Victoria Surgery, Bury St Edmunds

    After 30 years in general practice, I don't often experience an event in a working day that, as my grandmother used to say, “brings up lumps.” Recently, the death of a patient produced such a reaction.

    Angela was 53 and had Down's syndrome. Institutionalised most of her life, she spent her last few years in a small unit for those with severe learning difficulties. Her Down's syndrome was severe: she had no speech or language, just shouting. Incontinence, an old ununited fracture of the humerus, and …

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