Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1567c (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1567
  1. T H Turner,
  2. C Tannock
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Homerton Hospital, London E9 6SR
  2. Consultant psychiatrist University College Hospital, London WC1E 6AU

    EDITOR,--We acknowledge the fears of Fred Kavalier and Raymond K Akwayena concerning the accuracy of our statement that there are a “considerable number” of overseas patients in London's acute psychiatric wards. Reliable data cannot be obtained, since London is a cosmopolitan city and many patients have temporary addresses. Patients who are psychotic, frightened, or confused by language difficulties enhance …

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