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The art of pronunciation

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 24 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j233
  1. Dharani Yerrakalva
  1. Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  1. dharaniyerrakalva{at}

We are in full flow, and the bright eyed woman in her 80s in front of me is rising to the challenge I am presenting her with. A little memory test.

“How do you spell the word ‘world’ backwards?” I ask.

“Whirled? Like a whirlpool? D,E, L…” she looks at …

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