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BMJ is in danger of losing sight of the patient

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 06 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7887
  1. Martin Hewitt, retired1
  1. 1London N22 7XF, UK
  1. martannhewitt{at}

Amid the controversy surrounding the 1998 Lancet paper is a group of autistic children and young adults who for the past 20 years have had bowel problems.1 Whether their problems are seen as constipation or inflammation, these patients endure ongoing pain and discomfort, which exacerbates their already fragile condition.

Anecdotally (without research into …

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