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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:0

Medicine is so complicated that it's perhaps not surprising that some issues should be neglected. But why should cancer related fatigue be “the most important untreated symptom in cancer today” (p 1560)? The problem is common but is rarely discussed and seldom treated. Gregory Curt discusses the causes including poor sleep hygiene, depression, centrally acting drugs, and anaemia. All can be treated.

Pain relief in children has long been neglected—partly because of the mistaken belief that neonates couldn't experience pain and partly because of anxieties about adverse effects …

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