Letters

Beware of the distorting interpreter

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1439 (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1439
  1. A H Brafman
  1. Consultant child psychiatrist Roehampton Child Guidance Clinic, Queen Mary's University Hospital, London SW15 5PN

    EDITOR,--Michael Phelan and Sue Parkman's article on the problems that arise when an interpreter is used during clinical work is instructive.1 A small point that I would like to add concerns personal feelings and overt or covert interests or prejudices. Phelan and Parkman mention this as an important issue when one is counting on “friends or relatives” of the client, but it can also be …

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