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Unwise words: now that’s wasn’t very clever

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4530
  1. Tom Wells, specialty doctor in oncology, Gloucestershire Oncology Centre
  1. thomas.wells{at}

    When doing an oncology outpatient clinic, I wheeled into the clinic room to see a patient for follow-up of his condition; I use a wheelchair after spinal injury many years ago resulted in permanent paralysis from the chest down. After we had made our introductions, The patient asked, “Why are you in a wheelchair?”

    Whenever my wheelchair is mentioned, …

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