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Medicine And The Media

Humanising therapy

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:695
  1. Susan O'Connor

    David Clark became the youngest medical superintendent in Britain when he took up his post in psychiatry at Fullbourn Hospital, Cambridge, in 1948. Having witnessed some of the horrors of the second world war at first hand, he saw immediate and painful parallels in the systematic human degradation of the concentration camps and the brutal treatment of patients at Fulbourn. A thousand patients were locked in with no personal possessions. Violence was common, and the staff had become oppressors brutalised by the military style regime.

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