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Does using surname only generate the right tone?
  1. James Allcock, emeritus professor
  1. 3 Black and White Cottages, Marbury, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 4LN
  1. email: james{at}

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The recent letter from a significant number of people in leadership positions (VR, 22 February 2020, vol 186, p 220) raises concern regarding the tone and language used to describe them in print and online.

The letter had some resonance after reading a …

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