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Letters Assessing the risk of diabetes

The need for frank discussions about weight

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5003
  1. Anthony N Williams, consultant occupational physician1
  1. 1Working Fit, PO Box 389, Temple Ewell CT16 9BF, UK
  1. tonywilliams{at}

Two recent articles in The BMJ have confirmed my suspicions that we are losing our sense of direction in medicine. McCartney implies that we should not share stories about patients.1 Shah says “ask him if it is OK to talk about his weight” in assessing the risk of diabetes.2

I often see patients with …

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