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The Nature of Panic: A Walk Through Fear in Pictures and Words

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:410
  1. Sabina Dosani (, specialist registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

    An exhibition by Patrick Olszowski and Sophie Petit-Zeman,, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH, until 22 February 2004

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    Fire. There's a fire and a woman is in there. Getting ready to go out. Meeting another man. Then a photographer leaps off a cliff. Is he out of his mind? You decide. The man is Patrick Olszowski and I am looking at two of his digitally enhanced images in this unusual exhibition.

    Olszowski has had panic attacks since his teens. Everyday happenings trigger terrifying changes to his inner world, yet Olszowski also claims that he remained unphased by a gale force seven in the Bay of Biscay. He is also a photographer who …

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