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It was disheartening to see that two-thirds of hospital doctors feel
uncomfortable treating prisoners, and I couldn't tell if that was because
were in restraints or because they had committed a crime. For many years
have provided primary health care services to homeless men and women on
street, and people recently released from incarceration. With sensible
precautions, I have seldom felt threatened or uncomfortable. People are
glad to receive kind, high quality care and, if the power differential can
somewhat overcome, are ultimately gracious. From bitter experience,
my Golden Rule Number One is: Don't ever ask what they did!!