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Somatoform pain disorder after road traffic accidents

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:137
  1. L H Field
  1. London W1N 1HH.

    EDITOR, - Brian Dalal and Glynn Harrison provide a fine example of the problems that afflict medicolegal psychiatry nowadays.1 The first is the compulsion to reject the simple in favour of the complex; the second is the propensity to reinterpret perfectly understandable human behaviour in terms of psychopathology and append a psychiatric label, which adds to the mystique of psychiatry and glorifies the …

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