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The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7281.305 (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:305
  1. Michael Fitzpatrick,
  2. Stuart W G Derbyshire, assistant professor
  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA

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    Routledge, £9.99, pp 196 ISBN 0 415 23572 3

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    In the preface to this remarkable book, Michael Fitzpatrick describes breaking into the house of an elderly couple during a bitterly cold February. The couple had succumbed to a combination of infection and hypothermia. While waiting for the ambulance, Fitzpatrick, a general practitioner working in London, found an untouched leaflet describing the dangers of anonymous sex and the virtues of condoms. This leaflet had been distributed to 23 million homes in the United Kingdom, about half of which contained either an elderly couple or an old person living alone. …

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