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NHS staff must be trained in how to prevent aggression

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:169
  1. Charles Essex (, consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician
  1. Child Development Unit, Gulson Hospital, Coventry CV1 2HR

    EDITOR—“I suddenly cut across three lanes of traffic without signalling and made an abusive gesture at anyone who sounded their horn.” It is hardly surprising, even though it is unacceptable, if a psychopath gets out of his car and punches that driver. The driver then claims to be an innocent victim of road rage. Not many victims of violence admit to that sort of behaviour, and they wouldn't get much sympathy if they did. NHS staff receive …

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