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I am writing to express my outrage at the unthinking persons who have made complaints to all and sundry about Dr Peverley's articles. The nursing home article served to emphasise the current unacceptably poor standards of care for patients in these establishments.

He should be applauded for so doing, not subjected to a witch-hunt.

Dr Bruce Allan

Worthing

I am writing in support of Dr Peverley and his entertaining columns. Pulse is a magazine for GPs by GPs. It is designed to inform and entertain GPs. It is not a medical journal for public consumption.

If social workers and nursing home owners track down a copy and read it they obviously can, but they should not then get on their moral high horses because they find some of the black humour offensive.

The letter writer who found some of the content so offensive that they passed it round their friends so that they could be offended also, reminded me of Mary Whitehouse's trip to see Caligula so she could be offended by the nudity.

If you don't like Pulse don't read it. Start your own magazine where you slag off doctors if you wish. I won't care because I won't read it. I have other things to do with my time.

Dr Angela Dixon

Fife

I would like to add my support for Dr Peverley during what must be a difficult time for him.

His writing is, I am sure, widely understood by the doctors who read his column to be tongue in cheek and to be humorous but thought-provoking.

The offence taken by non-medics is perhaps understandable, but the point is he is not writing for them, but for GPs. I do not think he needs to apologise and I hope you will be robust in supporting him. This is certainly an attempt at censorship which I hope will be successfully fought off.

Dr John Cranston

Altricham

Cheshire

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