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Letters Digital rectal examination

Beyond the valley of the dolls?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3953
  1. Peter J Flegg, consultant physician1
  1. 1Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 8NR, UK
  1. dr.flegg{at}

As a hospital clinician, I see a great reluctance among some doctors to do anything that might be regarded by patients as undignified. Yet a stay in hospital requires that patients undergo or perform far less dignified processes …

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