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Learning to Live Together: Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:466
  1. Ruth Freeman, professor of dental public health (
  1. Queen's University, Belfast

    Anyone living in a violent community can gain hope from this book, written for educationalists, parents, and community workers. The book provides a theoretical basis and educational strategies to enable individuals, groups, and nations to coexist peacefully. Starting from biological and evolutionary perspectives, the authors postulate how violence has been inculcated into society; while violent behaviour was once appropriate for survival, it is not relevant to today's society. To enable people to coexist, aggression must be contained. This has implications …

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