BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:0-a

Minerva didn’t mean to diminish the seriousness of social phobia when she stated in her third item in the 26 April issue that it is not yet fully accepted as a medical term (BMJ 2008;336:966; doi: 10.1136/bmj.39555.611644.BE). A reader has reminded her that social anxiety or phobia is cited in the 10th revision of the international classification of diseases and has been recognised for more than two decades.

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