Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The dumping ground

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2952
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Teasing, nicknames, and chants of “Fight! Fight!” were commonplace at school. Bullies were dealt with in the old fashioned way, by direct confrontation and with some big brother back up. Chores and work were expected in the house, and parental love was expressed only once, on the deathbed. But this is unacceptable by modern standards, indeed perhaps considered—using that most abused of all words—abuse. Our society seeks to protect children by aggressively stamping out abuse in all its perceived modern manifestations. We live in a new, …

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