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Margaret McCartney: The social care system has become inherently unsafe

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 30 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2329

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place (GB Shaw)

Communication is like an asymptote. Asymptotes are geometrics with two lines that approach but don't quite reach each other; while comunication is dialectics with two lives that approach but don't quite reach each other. Sadly, asymptotic talk lacks the nexus of context and impact of contact.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 May 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA