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Helping Eddie Redmayne to portray motor neurone disease

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h483

Life is a locked-in syndrome

The locked-in syndrome is more than just a brainstem stroke with quadriplegia. It's also a metaphor for life's loneliness, helplessness, and hopelessness. Sadly, most of us are "locked-in" bad jobs, bad relationships, bad marriages, and bad financial, legal, or health problems. So let's seek the master key that opens all locked-in states and celebrate life with freedom and health.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 February 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA