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A patient who changed my practice

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 25 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1887
  1. Victoria North, core medical trainee year 2
  1. Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
  1. vnorth87{at}

My home for six months, a busy Tanzanian medical ward, was bustling with relatives who had arrived to provide lunch for the patients. At each mealtime every bed space becomes a temporary home to whole families, who are expected to provide food. The ward fills with chatter as families use the mealtime to catch up with the events of the morning.

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