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Call me by my true name

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1060
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    I have been called many things in my time, but Senile Prima Gravida was perhaps the most insulting. Fit as a fiddle, oozing health and vitality, I had to walk seething round the outpatient department carrying that stupid chart with the irritating slogan in big bold print on the front cover.

    There are so many alternatives that would have added a touch of dignity and even glamour. Emeritus pregnancy. Master pregnancy. Senior pregnancy. Very Interesting Pregnancy (VIP). Medically Unusual and Distinguished pregnancy (MUD). Or even better, “Mary E Black's remarkable and unique …

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