New life

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:655
  1. Suzanne Crowe, specialist registrar in anaesthesia
  1. St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    I was working in medicine for the elderly, as a six month sabbatical after the birth of my first child. My duties included on-call cover from home to a geriatric facility with 300 beds that catered for patients with dementia, stroke, and other chronic medical conditions.

    Early one evening I received a call from the hospital to say that “Betty” had passed away, and could I come in to certify …

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