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1 Pharmaceutical preparations, much edible merchandise, and foodstuffs are required by law in most nations to display a label describing the ingredients, including additives and preservatives.

2 In the health, education, and law enforcement sectors, “labeling” means using words or phrases to describe types of persons encountered in that sector. To be labeled “diabetic” or “hypertensive” diminishes the humanity of the person so labeled; and labels such as “AIDS victim,” “alcoholic,” “cripple,” and “neurotic” are stigmatizing or demeaning.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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