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Prison officers can recognise hidden psychiatric morbidity in prisoners

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:853
  1. Luke Birmingham, lecturer in forensic psychiatry
  1. University of Birmingham, Reaside Clinic, Birmingham B45 9BE

    EDITOR—Prisons in England and Wales are known to house a considerable number of mentally ill people.13 Many of these people probably pass through health screening undetected when they are received into prison and remain on ordinary location (on prison wings) without ever coming to the attention of a doctor.4 5

    During two visits to large local male remand prisons as a guest medical inspector with …

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