Filler A memorable patient

To ease a little pain

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 26 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6427
  1. Christopher Burns-Cox, retired consultant physicican, Southend Farm, Wotton-under-Edge, UK
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Many years ago, I was asked to see a 90 year old widow who had become a recluse at home because of blackouts.

She lay in comfort on her bed, her chatting punctuated by episodes when she would ask the Lord to receive her soul and cross herself, then become unconscious and pulseless, and her electrocardiogram became flat. …

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