The woman who couldn't shoot straightBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.03030007 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E202
- Donald W MacCorquodale, general practitioner and specialist in preventive medicine
From BMJ USA 2003;Mar:153
When I was a third-year medical student in the late 1940s, I walked into the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital, where I was going to take a medical history and do a physical examination on a newly admitted patient. While I waited for the elevator, the entry door flew open and two uniformed deputy sheriffs stepped in. They were half-dragging, half-carrying a young woman who was sobbing uncontrollably. Her hair was disheveled, and her face streaked with tears. My heart went out to her. We all stepped into the elevator when it arrived. The deputy sheriffs and their prisoner got off on one floor, and I got off on another.
The next morning, a small group of my …