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Letters Frailty and expectations

Taking responsibility for the unrealistic expectations about frailty

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 19 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4768
  1. Simon Kenwright, retired physician
  1. Stowting TN25 6BD, UK
  1. simonkenwright{at}

Oliver points out that many of us will have been with relatives who have failed to grasp that the death of a frail elderly patient has been in the offing for months or is even overdue.1 As Prince Charles said about the death of his grandmother, “Somehow, I never expected it would come.” In some way, the more it is overdue the more people come to …

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