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“Write me a sentence”

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1131
  1. Victoria Rainsley, foundation year 1 trainee in geriatrics and general medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn
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    “I wish I was in the bosom of my family.”

    An elderly man whom I'd never met before gave this response when I asked him to “write me a sentence” during a mini-mental state exam. He went on to pour out the story of how his teenage grandson, whom …

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