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Sticks and stones can break…: building a case for when names can hurt you
  1. M Augustyn
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M Augustyn
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA; Augustyn{at}

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Commentary on the paper by Griffiths et al (see page 121)

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” [Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton]

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