Fillers A memorable patient

How life events change patients' perspectives of their conditions

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:229
  1. Alison Duncan, specialist registrar in dermatology,
  2. Richard Azurdia, consultant dermatologist,
  3. Julian Verbov, professor of dermatology
  1. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool
  2. Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Liverpool

    In September 1939 the second world war had just begun as Germany invaded Poland, and 12 year old Agnes was evacuated from Liverpool to a family in Northwich, Cheshire, for safety from bombing. Within a few months her dormant atopic eczema had flared, and she was treated at a local clinic. By March 1940, her mother was missing her and decided, as most Liverpool mothers did, to bring her child back home to the city as she preferred to have all the family together …

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