Routinely asking women about domestic violence

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1345-b (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1345

Ill considered professional interference in personal relationships will prove damaging

  1. Michael Fitzpatrick, general practitioner (fitz@easynet.co.uk)
  1. Barton House Health Centre, London N16 9JT

    EDITOR—The notion that, because some social problem has effects on health, this justifies medical intervention aiming to tackle it has acquired a growing influence on medical practice. The result is that medicine is stretched beyond its sphere of competence as social problems are …

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