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Fillers A memorable patient

Miss Fortitude

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:356
  1. David Scarfe, general practitioner (
  1. Marston Medical Centre, Oxford

When I took her on as my patient, she made it clear that she did not hold the medical profession in high regard. She had worked for many years in a medical students' hostel and had seen us with our youthful exuberance and excesses. She now lived alone on the 10th floor of a tower block, and I always ended my visits to her going to the window to admire the magnificent view over the city.

Her body was crumbling: she was confined to a chair with an osteoporotic spine, and her neck seemed …

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