Hoax bomb calls and psychiatry

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:541
  1. Sanju George, specialist registrar in psychiatry (
  1. Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham

    Nowadays in Britain, it is not uncommon to read or hear a news headline about a person “arrested and charged in connection with a hoax telephone call warning of a bomb.” Such hoaxers are often labelled insensitive, uncaring, or psychopaths, but a patient I recently saw in my clinic has made me see this phenomenon differently.

    She started by …

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