Views And Reviews

Abbie's abduction and the psychiatric silly season

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:278
  1. K McKenzie

    It is difficult to understand what psychiatrists commenting on the abduction of Abbie Humphries thought they were doing. In the days after the abduction there seemed to be a procession of them ready to offer sound bites and happy to speculate on the motives, psychological profile, and even the current thinking of an abductor they had never met and knew little about. Their supply of easily digested but speculative comment to the media did little for the public or for the image of psychiatry.

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists is worried about the opinions that some of its members give to the press. The president, Dr …

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