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Looking beyond the perspective of a limited metaphor

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Welcome as the article by Gillis and Loughlan1 is in a high profile paediatric journal, I was disappointed by its contents, especially as a leading article is often taken to be “flying the flag” for current opinion within the profession.

I agree fully that historical metaphors are useful and have a role in the public understanding of children, whether sick or well, and also of childhood. However, I am concerned that this article omitted …

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