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A new role for a psychiatrist?

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:956
  1. Richard Morriss

    One of the most challenging aspects of the current NHS is the proliferation of roles that a doctor now has to undertake. Some of these are managerial and financial and some are new clinical challenges, such as keyhole surgery. Here is a new clinical role for a community psychiatrist—namely, healing rifts between gangs of aggressive young men in two neighbourhoods. Previously I had thought that community based police, youth workers, social workers, or possibly the saintly Dr Jack Kerruish, the GP in Peak Practice, might reasonably be left to heal rifts between gangs; never before had I thought that this would be …

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