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A mixture of medication

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:549
  1. Marc Gutenstein, registrar in emergency medicine
  1. Dunedin, New Zealand

    A delightful couple came to the emergency department recently. Married for many years, they had become mutually dependent courtesy of atherosclerosis. Her diabetes and stroke and his angina and heart failure had slowed them up somewhat, but still they managed with a little help. Every morning and evening they would each tip seven or eight pills from white pill boxes into an eggcup and take them with a …

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