The exercise of medicine leads, inevitably, to contact with situations of tardy diagnosis, when curative medical action is no longer possible. These cases become more shocking when they take place in young, otherwise healthy people and physicians´ impotence more frustrating when symptoms and means to...

Mr. Ormond was in his seventies and single. He had been referred by his GP due to bleeding and aching haemorrhoids ever since his bowel had turned “lazy”. His father, who was ninety-many and had lived with him for the longest time, had recently gone...