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Winners and losers

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 11 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4699
  1. Mary E Black, global health doctor, London
  1. drmaryblack{at}

Bodies, bodies everywhere—each one the kind of specimen you wish had been on display during anatomy tutorials in medical school. Wearing unforgiving Lycra sportswear or nothing but a strategically placed hockey stick, it seems as though every Olympian is getting his or her kit off for charity or to promote a perfume. Step aside effete supermodels: aspirational physiques now come in all (but still clearly well honed) shapes and sizes. Bodies that …

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