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Fillers Three memorable patients

Friends in need

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:259

I didn't especially enjoy my year as a preregistration house officer. In fact, I have only three happy memories, and all three patients died. I'm sure that we cured many patients during the year, so it's strange that these successes have all but faded from my memory leaving three distinct faces branded there.

John was in his 70s with obstructing metastatic bowel cancer, and he slowly deteriorated and then died over the five weeks …

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