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Children need your help

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6313 (Published 10 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6313

Save the Children

Children are a paradox. Their innocence and ignorance make them good
lie detectors and truth reporters. Lacking sophistication, children tend
to blurt out unpleasant truths that adults try to ignore. This curious
paradox has been memorialized in Hans Christian Andersen's tale, The
Emperor's New Clothes. So let's learn to appreciate the simple but painful
truth of children. We need their honesty, just as they need our
protection. As Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, said, "Pretty much all the
honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children."

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 December 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA