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The Special Hospitals: A Problem of Clinical Credibility

  • Derek Chiswick (a1)
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The Special Hospitals arouse public interest only on occasions of disaster or scandal and there are widespread misconceptions concerning their role. The purpose of this paper is to examine the clinical functions of the Special Hospitals and to critically discuss their medical remit.

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