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Whose data are they anyway?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2135
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

I accept my body is mine to do with as I please—heaven knows, no one else would want it. And no, this is not a moment of existential angst. But the question that strikes me is how much should the information about me be mine?

I’ve taken some time off the clinical treadmill, which is driving me relentlessly forward to a consultant job, where the managers won’t think I need any more of that pesky training that interferes so with service delivery. I’m doing a research degree for the next couple of years, which …

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