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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:188

Czech ministry bans psychiatric cages: The Czech Health Ministry has ordered an immediate ban on caged beds in psychiatric hospitals after J K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter children's books, wrote to the Czech president and prime minister calling for an end to the “horrible” practice. “Ms Rowling's protest was one reason for the …

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