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Clinical Review

Communicating risk

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3996 (Published 18 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3996

Re: Communicating risk

Communication is like an asymptote. Asymptotes are geometric figures in which a curved line approaches, but never quite reaches, a straight line. Likewise, communication approaches, but never quite reaches, the straight truth, due to repressed facts, feelings, and memories. So we can never quite connect with ourselves or others, no matter how hard we try. Tantalized, we struggle with all the nuances of our asymptotic identity, asymptotic communication, and asymptotic relationships, all of which is symptomatic of being human and longing for contact.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2012
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA