Men's health: don't blame the victims

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7037.1040a (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1040
  1. Charles Essex
  1. Consultant community paediatrician 30 Hallewell Road, Birmingham B16 0LR

    EDITOR,—Sian Griffiths highlights some discrepancies between men's and women's health.1 She states that men are less able than women to recognise physical and emotional distress, apparently because of “society's expectations,” and that when men are ill they are less likely to consult their general practitioners. The subtitle of her editorial implies that this is because of men's “unwillingness to seek medical help.” This is blaming the victim. An editorial about, say, sexual assault on …

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