A Memo to Dr. Blackberry Harvey
From: Dr. Phillip Yolen
Re: Patient Underby, P. Mrs.
After performing her evening duties young Miss Artful informed me that her mother was up and responsive though, oddly, not speaking. Since she had just given Mrs. Underby her evening dose I decided to wait until the end of my rounds to make an assessment.
An initial favorable impression (eyes clear, temperature stable, motor-functions fine), I’m afraid Dr. Harvey, has given way to a great deal of dismay. Her sole complaint initially was that she had a persistent headache (no doubt from the head trauma incurred sometime during her ordeal) however upon further questioning it was discovered that she was unable to provide me with her first name (though did know her last, not unsurprising as I addressed her as Mrs. Underby upon entry to her room) the address of her home, the name of the establishment which she and her husband run and failed to remember even the name of her own daughter. Given the peril which this state could place her in I should suggest that we attempt to retain her under medical care until either her husband comes to claim her (all messages sent to him at his known residence have been unanswered) or her memory recovers.
I shall, of course, await your instructions and feel it should be noted that she asked no less than six times during our long interview this morning to be released from the hospital under her own care, though I cannot see how, in her present state, we could possibly allow it to happen.
~ P. Yolan, M.D.