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European governments promise equal health rights for children with special needs

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6806

What is normal?

Society is a Procrustean bed of normalcy, in which some people, no
matter how hard they try, never quite measure up or fit in, and thus are
driven to retreat from society. With this retreat, the tyranny of normalcy
tightens, and society shrinks by losing individuality, creativity,
productivity, and progress. Society needs variety, and sometimes it's not
normal to be normal.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 January 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA