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Fillers Endpiece

Insult to cabbages

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7188.925a (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:925
  1. John Carey
  1. The Sunday Times

    (1980)

    Among the current clichés I especially deplore is the one which refers to hospital patients kept alive by machines as “cabbages.” This is both inaccurate and insulting to vegetables. For a cabbage is a sturdy, self-reliant being, and compared with an average specimen of twentieth-century manhood it has, when well grown, a positively athletic air.

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