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Letters The cancer label

Once you label me, you negate me

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 10 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4213
  1. James E Stirrup, consultant cardiologist
  1. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN, UK
  1. james.stirrup{at}

If there was ever a scenario to which the quote, “Once you label me, you negate me,” attributed to Kierkegaard, was relevant, this is it.1 Cancer is …

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