Am I my father's keeper?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1375
  1. Jim Young, research technician in cell and molecular biology
  1. University of Wales, Swansea

    My 84 year old dad was in a nursing home and had pretty lousy short term memory. He also had a chronic and painful diabetic ulcer on the great toe of his right foot, and intermittent spasm of the calf muscles caused him to wince in time with an incessant and involuntary knees-up.

    The vascular surgeon recommended a below knee amputation. After explaining this to my …

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