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here are several aspects of Christopher Ward’s editorial in the December issue1 with which one must take issue. The first is his use of the technical psychiatric term ‘‘somatisation’’, a word much used by some neurologists, but unfortunately almost always outside its tightly defined DSM IV context.2 Loose usage of a defined concept is never a productive way forward; it simply encourages a pejorative rather than a healing approach. Professor Ward follows this path by accusing neurologists of regarding functional symptoms as unreal. In this context, he uses the term ‘‘functional’ ’ to embrace symptoms no

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