Open your eyes

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:184
  1. Tariq Hussain, GP registrar (
  1. Sydenham Green Health Centre, London

    It was a balmy August afternoon, and I was the medical senior house officer on take. I remember being swamped with referrals and trying to see as many as possible before the early eveningward round. I checked the list and went to see the next name.

    Under a blanket was the tiniest elderly woman I had ever seen. Her body was a maze of wrinkles, and wild white hair stuck out in all directions. She was also completely unconscious. Her daughter tearfully explained how her mother, who had severe …

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