Anger is a means of coping with illness

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.529a (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:529
  1. R P Snaith
  1. Senior lecturer in psychiatry Academic Unit of Psychiatry, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR,—The decision to afford someone three full pages—or, indeed, any space at all—to record their anger over their partner's terminal illness requires explanation.1 All of us who do clinical work know that anger is a means of coping with the distress of illness, either one's own illness or that of a loved one. The fact that Jeffrey's partner should keep a minute record of what were perceived to be the gaucheries of the …

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