An obstinate patient

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1473
  1. Shyam Kothari, additional professor
  1. department of cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

    Just as a runner passes on the baton to the next one in a relay race, so she gave birth to her daughter and died. In the antiseptic environment of an obstetric theatre, I witnessed this spectacle with the detachment of a duty conscious executioner. I had talked frankly with the patient in the weeks before, and had explained point blank the …

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