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Little Fox Goes to the End of the World

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 12 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6119
  1. Klaus Martin Beckmann, psychiatrist1, senior lecturer2
  1. 1Queensland Health, Evolve CYMHS, PO Box 471, Waterford, Queensland, QLD 4133, Australia
  2. 2Griffith University, School of Medicine, Logan Campus, Meadowbrook, Queensland, QLD 4131, Australia
  1. martinbeckmannnn{at}

As medical doctors or parents, our agenda is to protect children from harm and to prepare them for the future. We wish for the best physical and mental health and we do our best to encourage preparedness. These earliest years are essential in equipping the next generation with the skills they need to face the world of the 21st century.

Sadly, it is unlikely that a child will always be protected from trauma. Not every child will be injured, whether physically or mentally, but many unfortunately will. And not all children who have experienced adverse events will come to …

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