How do we diagnose a "terrorist " ?
Assuming the unlikely scenario that doctors in the UK agree to look
out for potential terrorists among the hundreds of patients they see each
year, what incriminating signs and symptoms will aid us in spotting a
suspect who may on the brink of committing an a violent act?
With relevant knowledge, training and experience all clinicians
acquire necessary diagnostic skills in recognising disease or in ruling it
out for they are primed by their choice of specialty, example of their
mentors and instinct to succeed.
Aside from the very obvious silliness of the proposal to recruit
doctors for pre-emptive anti-terrorist role, practical considerations
are, in my judgment, insurmountable.
How about encouraging supperannuated politicians to take up ths role?
It could provide very interesting
fodder for their lucrative memoirs.
Competing interests: I was born in Northern India [now Pakistan ]