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Is it OK for doctors to swear at work?

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h383
  1. Marika Davies, BMJ Careers
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Swearing is commonplace in society, but is it acceptable for doctors to use expletives when at work? Marika Davies looks at the issues


  • Competing interests: I have read and understood BMJ’s policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I am employed as a medicolegal adviser by the Medical Protection Society.

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