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Letters Bipolar II disorder

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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3192
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner1
  1. 1Glasgow, UK
  1. destwo{at}

I did not intend to single out psychiatry1: I have written pieces on many clinical topics, including general practice as bad medicine.2 Of course I believe in mental illness.

Although disease severity is a continuum, boundaries exist. Hypertension and cholesterolaemia have boundaries, but bipolar …

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