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Too late

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1154
  1. Ami Schattner, professor, Kaplan Medical Centre, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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Years ago, I read in the New England Journal of Medicine how one of my best teachers at medical school felt when his hospital colleagues crossed the road to avoid him after he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I was shocked, but now I am ashamed to admit that I have been guilty of the same behaviour, not noticing until it was too late.

We all knew at the hospital that our friend’s daughter had been diagnosed with metastatic …

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