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Fillers A memorable patient


BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1258
  1. John S N Anderson, general practitioner (
  1. Woodlands Health Centre, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

    Ben was one of those delightful patients who put up with much but never complained. He had his first heart attack in 1975, but his real claim to fame was in 1985 when he appeared in a cardiology textbook. Seated at a Guy's Hospital lipid clinic, aged 63, he faced the camera to show his xanthelasma and his blood pressure being measured, while continuing to smoke his cigarette.

    As time went by, he and I enjoyed that subtle …

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