Views & Reviews Outside the Box

George's last stand

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1048
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Diana Melly spoke gently to her elderly, frail, cancer ridden husband. “George, you know you're not well. When do you think it would be a good time for you to stop performing on stage?”

    The old man raised his head suddenly. His answer was defiant and pitched at the camera. “When I'm dead!”

    The BBC documentary team, who had set out to capture Melly's colourful domestic life and final jazz tour, realised early in their filming that his metastatic lung cancer and progressive …

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