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Fillers A memorable patient

Her final days

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:117
  1. Caleb Tucker, retired surgeon and hospital administrator (
  1. Wellington, New Zealand

    She was 80 years old when she had come to a provincial town in New Zealand's South Island to end her days in the company of her married son and his family. She had moved from her home in the upper North Island after the diagnosis of her “inoperable carcinoma of the pelvic colon.” By the time she had arrived at her destination, she had acute obstruction. The son's family doctor suggested an urgent admission and consultation with myself. …

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