What’s in a name?BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2389 (Published 24 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2389
- Chris A Lamb, specialty registrar in gastroenterology, Newcastle upon Tyne
William was 80 years old when he was admitted to the ward. Before admission, he had lived a fully independent life, having never been an inpatient before. Now incapacitated, each morning in hospital William was toileted, washed, and fed his breakfast by staff. His condition deteriorated, and he died unexpectedly a few days later.
Conversation with his family …