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My choice of words

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1370
  1. Ian W Seetho, clinical research fellow, Department of Obesity & Endocrinology, University of Liverpool
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On our ward round we visited a patient with a raised body mass index. As we stood at the end of the patient’s bed discussing the need for computed tomography (CT), I broached the question of the possible weight restriction of the hospital CT table. On hearing this, the patient’s demeanour immediately changed—for the worse. I had obviously hurt the patient’s feelings when …

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