Medicine And Books

Minefields in their Hearts

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7075.237a (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:237
  1. Manuel Carballo

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  1. coordinator, International Centre for Migration and Health, Geneva

    Ed Roberta J Apfel, Bennet Simon Yale University Press, £22.50, pp 256 ISBN 0 300 06570 1

    Violence is not new to human society, but at the end of the 20th century it has come to assume a more dominant part of our lives than at any other time in recent history. Wars, ethnic persecution, urban social disorganisation, seemingly institutionalised poverty, and the organised sexual abuse of children are starting to focus our concern on the health and social consequences of child directed, and sometimes child perpetrated, aggression.

    Violence against children is not necessarily a part of, or a result of, poverty. Nor has it always been used as an …

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