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Most patients depressed by cancer do not need drugs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1115
  1. Ulrich S Schuler, senior haematologist (
  1. Department of Medicine I, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Fetscherstrasse 74, D-01307 Dresden, Germany

    EDITOR—In the ABC of psychological medicine Peveler et al discuss depression in medical patients.1 As a haematologist I often have to respond to depressive reactions in patients with malignant disease who are confronted with a poor prognosis and difficult decisions about treatment. Some degree of this reactive demoralisation is normal and has to be acknowledged. It is psychological in nature and different …

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