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Doctor protests at greeting card manufacturer making fun of woman with acromegaly

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:936
  1. Jon Danzig
  1. London

    A birthday card making fun of “the world's ugliest woman” will no longer be distributed to card shops after a doctor complained that the woman on the card was disfigured because of illness.

    The card, sold in shops throughout the United Kingdom and produced by Hallmark Cards, shows close up photographs of Mary Ann Bevan, who, in the 1920s, appeared in circuses as “the world's ugliest woman.” But a Dutch doctor, who saw the card in a UK shop, complained that it was inappropriate to make fun of the woman, who was ugly because she had acromegaly, a disfiguring disorder.

    The message on the card refers to Cilla Black's Blind Date television programme, in which contestants have to pick …

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