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Letters Treating multiple chronic conditions

See the person in the patient

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2138
  1. Peter Lapsley, patient editor
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. plapsley{at}

Kamerow’s article is timely and should be applauded.1 Increasingly ageing populations are producing an increase in multiple chronic conditions and will continue to do so.

The research described seems to fall into the most common medical trap—that of treating diseases rather than people. The key to the successful management of comorbidities (and …

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