Views And Reviews

Violence in Health Care: A Practical Guide to Coping with Violence and Caring for Victims

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1240
  1. P E Mullen

    Ed Jonathan Shepherd Oxford University Press, £16.95, pp 195 ISBN 0-19-262157-2

    The editor describes Violence in Health Care as a “a handbook which summarises information relevant to those who treat victims and to those at risk of violence.” First in the list of those at whom the work is targeted are general practitioners.

    I can only assume that the editor forbade contributors to reference their claims and statements and instead enjoined them to provide a brief list of further reading. This prohibition has been followed by all except David Farrington, and it is probably no chance that his is by the far the most satisfactory and informative of the contributions. The lack of references in fields of inquiry many of which are both in rapid flux and prone to exuberant, not to say exaggerated, claims is unfortunate. For example, Farrington makes what seems an outrageous suggestion - that …

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