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Politically correct—or just plain kooky?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:0

“Sex,” “garlic,” “money” are all magic words for grabbing people's attention—and so is “ban.” Two weeks ago we banned the word “accident”—to highlight the reality that most events that injure people have a whole series of antecedents that are susceptible to intervention and prevention (BMJ 2001;322:1320). A flood of rapid responses on has berated us for political correctness (

We'll publish some of these responses in the print journal in due course, but it's fun to watch the evolving debate on the website. People urging the “daft political correctness” …

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