Soundings

Big boys don't cry

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1547 (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1547
  1. Ian Robertson

    The furore over compensation for 14 policemen traumatised by what they witnessed at Hillsborough Stadium is strange indeed. One general practitioner wrote to The Times saying, more or less, that she had had to witness some gruesome things in her life but no one gave her any extra money. The tabloids howled insinuations about nambypambiness, and the general response showed that matters psychological and psychiatric are still primitively misunderstood in Britain, even among the medical profession.

    Anybody who has actually spent some time with a person who truly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder will know how it can break someone more completely than …

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