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The Making of Them: The British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.803 (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:803
  1. Petruska Clarkson, consultant philosopher psychologist psychotherapist
  1. London

    Nick Duffell


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    Lone Arrow Press, £20, pp 318

    ISBN 0 9537904 0 1

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    Sending one's children to boarding school has often been perceived as a mark of privilege and the best preparation for high office or worldly success, particularly in Britain. Despite some amelioration of this widely perceived notion in recent years, it is still prevalent.

    Although there are distinct benefits to those graduating from our public school system, the psychological costs—and their physical, relational, and social concomitants—are rarely acknowledged. Nick Duffell …

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