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Don’t forget to smile

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4592
  1. Naaheed Mukadam, clinical fellow, Division of Psychiatry, University College London, London, UK
  1. n.mukadam{at}

Have you heard this one?

A doctor walks into the room and says to his patient, “I’m sorry Mrs Smith, but your test results are back. I have some bad news and some more bad news.”

“Oh, ok. So what’s the bad news?”

“Well, the bad news is that you have cancer.”

“And the more bad news?”

“You also have Alzheimer’s disease.”

Long pause . . .

Then Mrs Smith says, “Well, at least I don’t have cancer.”

I know, I know. It’s …

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