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Colouring books for adults on the cancer ward

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 06 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h6795
  1. Miriam Rigby, palliative care speciality doctor, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff,
  2. Mark Taubert, consultant physician, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff

Throughout 2015, colouring books for adults have topped the UK’s bestselling paperback charts.1 In our cancer centre’s inpatient wards, colouring books are next to many beds. This phenomenon began two months ago when one patient started colouring in birds using pencils, felt tips, and glitter pens …

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