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Stuart: A Life Backwards

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:555
  1. Angela Jones, general practitioner (
  1. Oxford, currently seconded as a specialist adviser to the homelessness directorate of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

    Stuart Shorter spent his late teens and adult life alternating between the streets and prison with occasional, mostly short lived, forays into accommodation. He exemplifies the so called “chaotic” homeless people, who are on the streets because, curiously, it is the only place where they can manage. Because their lives are so confused and devastated by addiction, mental health problems, and broken relationships, they cannot cope with the complications presented by having their own place.

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    Perennial, £7.99, pp 304 ISBN 0 00 720037 4

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    Telling the story backwards was …

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