Letters Military metaphors for disease

Metaphor may fill the space created by uncertainty

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5468 (Published 21 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5468
  1. Jim N Hardy, general practitioner1
  1. 1Bethnal Green Health Centre, London E2 6LL, UK
  1. jim.n.hardy{at}dsl.pipex.com

I read Wiggins’s article with interest, 24 hours or so into my third cycle of chemotherapy for metastatic colon cancer.1 Our use of metaphor does seem to follow societial preoccupations—for example, the persistence of seafaring metaphor in common parlance and those of war and combat when used in biomedical practice and so beautifully illustrated by Susan Sontag in …

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