Highly commended — practising and retired doctors category

Patrick Russell

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When I first met him, Jack was in a hospital bed, tired with cool feet. A small hand-held AM radio was at his bedside softly playing golden oldies, though the radio itself did not appear old. Even in bed, his heavy frame, built to last, showed how mighty a force he had been in his prime. His chief complaint was progressively worsening fatigue, which he blamed on his age. But his physical examination suggested otherwise: the soft, whining systolic murmur; the left ventricular heave; the tell-tale carotid upstroke that felt as though it was grunting against the dead weight of an old refrigerator. All these signs bore evidence of his diagnosis: calcific aortic stenosis. His was a stolid, stubborn valve with hinges rusted quiet, though he was, as he said, old
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-390
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Patient Care
  • Medical Economy
  • ANZAC Day


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