Medicine And The Media

Talking violence

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.816 (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:816
  1. Ian Robertson, neuropsychologist
  1. Cambridge

    Scene: interview in the wake of a violent incident in a segregation cell in one of Britain's top six high security prisons, Long Lartin.

    Characters: a young psychologist, female; a violent man, simmering and unpredictable.

    P: Do you consider that there are other options to violence for dealing with your problems with other people?

    VM pauses for reflection, head bowed.

    VM: Ye …es.

    P slowly releases her breath.

    P: Goo …d, we're making progress….

    VM: Yeah, like drownin' the likes of him at birth.

    Sharp intake of breath by P.

    P: Er … that's not quite what I had in mind.

    I take my hat off to the three young women psychologists featured in Sunday night's controversial Everyman documentary “Confrontation on E Wing”--not just …

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