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Beautiful madness 1 31st January 2006 I was very disturbed by Robert Drummond and Alexander Linklater’s article “Beautiful Madness” (February). My disturbance was not caused by the “tragedy” that the authors found so uncomfortable, but by their interpretation of Nia’s story. Why was it considered so important that Nia was pretty, and why was it so troubling that during her recovery she put on weight? The authors refer repeatedly to Nia’s “loss”—about which neither Nia nor her parents seemed particularly concerned—rather than focusing on the success of her treatment. I was staggered that health professionals would place such an emphasis…

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