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This piece examines the diagnostic procedures for breast cancer from the patient’s point of view, trying to establish the importance of communication and reassurance, while showing how the absence of these can lead to greater distress than necessitated.

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  1. In order to protect patients’ privacy, all names in this piece have been changed.

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Correspondence to Lorna Gibb.

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Gibb, L. Procedure. Bioethical Inquiry 11, 279–282 (2014).

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