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Let Ruth into palliative medicine

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:462
  1. Chi-Keong Ong, associate research fellow (
  1. 1 Palliative Care Research Group, Centre for Primary Health Care Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry

    Ruth (now archaic). 1. The quality of being compassionate; pitifulness; the feeling of sorrow for another; compassion, pity. 2. Contrition, repentance; remorse. 3. Sorrow, grief, distress; lamentation. 4. a. Matter or occasion of sorrow or regret. b. Mischief; calamity; ruin.

    (Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, 1989)

    Ruth is an archaic word that deserves …

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