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May 11, 1964

But the Patient Died

JAMA. 1964;188(6):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060320134039

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Abstract

British hospitals, like those in this country, are similar to isolated villages, if we think in terms of the close and constant contact of staff members. St. Justin's Hospital (imaginary) is no exception. Geoffrey Tremaine arrives to begin his new appointment as surgical registrar in time to find Everard Nicholson, the senior administrator, on the floor of his office in a coma.

Nicholson (well-hated by most of the people at St. Justin's) goes on to die after the successful removal of a brain tumor. The stage is set for an excellent "who-done-it." The specialists and hospital personalities are all there. The author's information about hospital life indicates extensive research (or good advice, or both); the character sketches of the specialists reminds us painfully of people we have met.

All in all, But the Patient Died, will entertain any physician; those who enjoy mysteries will probably finish it at one sitting.

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