Medicine And The Media

An innocent incident

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1442a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1442
  1. Rob Poole, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Liverpool

    Paul has been a patient of mine for three years. He is a 27 year old bricklayer who developed a relapsing bipolar affective disorder after a bereavement. On 7 November 1995 he was mildly hypomanic and was admitted as an inpatient at his own request. During a break in the day's activities he attended Princess Diana's visit to Liverpool. He slipped through the cordon, had a brief conversation with Princess Diana, and kissed her on the cheek. The following morning several newspapers carried pictures of Paul kissing Princess Diana. Some concerns were raised …

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