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Family Violence and the Caring Professions

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1109
  1. Iona Heath

    Ed Paul Kingston, Bridget Penhale Macmillan, £14.99, pp 300 ISBN 0 333 60001 0

    The work of most doctors brings them into contact with families whose members' lives are blighted by violence; that some doctors fail to realise this has much to do with society's continued idealisation of the family as the repository of all that is good in human relationships. Family Violence and the Caring Professions rehearses the evidence for the opposite view that, apart from the police and the military, the family is the most violent grouping and the home the most violent setting in our society.

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