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Filler A memorable patient

Hope from despair

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f420
  1. Avril Danczak, general practitioner, Alexandra Practice, Manchester, UK
  1. avril.danczak{at}

One of the hardest parts of being a GP is seeing people who you know well suffer.

I knew that the death of one of my patients would hit her husband hard. He seemed almost grey with grief. Nothing mattered to him. Her ashes were at home, and he could hardly bear to leave the house because it felt like abandoning her. After caring for her in chronic ill health for years, he now lacked both companionship and …

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