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  1. Anne Zachary
  1. c/o JME Editorial, 38 Pagoda Avenue, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2HF

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    I would like to acknowledge with regret that my sentence, of which Ms Stevens quotes half, is convoluted. A book review1 is necessarily condensed and perhaps if it creates a problem it is best to read the book. But, in the complex legal, moral and ethical dilemmas arising in subjects such as confidentiality, it is highly dangerous to take half a sentence out of context (and I note that Ms Stevens does this to Maureen Marks's review2 also) and use it to discuss a separate agenda, ie secrecy within the National Health Service (NHS).

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