Ahead of the times: The changing face of political correctness

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:k
  1. Jeannette Naish, senior lecturer in general practice
  1. London

    A colleague recently told me that the health authority where I used to practise is planning to set up a preconceptual screening and counselling service for haemaglobinopathies. He had a glint in his eye when he said that he reminded the authority that I tried to pilot such a service in my old practice in 1983. This story will be of interest to those who observe how fashions in political correctness change.

    I used to practise in an area with an established Afro-Caribbean community and increasing numbers of new arrivals from Cyprus and Turkey. In the …

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