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Fillers A memorable patient

Passing time

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 03 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:294
  1. Wesley Michael Hicks (, specialist registrar in respiratory medicine
  1. Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds

    He had been an active farm labourer until his admission to hospital in his late 70s. He was tall (though when I met him he was no longer strong enough to stand) and, by all accounts, had had an impressive physique at admission. His elective admission had been with a colovesical fistula, a complication of diverticular disease. Unfortunately, he had had a troubled postoperative course which lasted many months. After the initial repair there had been an …

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