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The limits of responsibility: Never mind stigma – it is unlimited liability that is harming the profession

  • Michael Bristow (a1)
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While attending a rancorous and ill-tempered meeting of the Hackney Community Health Council in 1985 it was brought home to me that psychiatry was different from other branches of medicine. Not in the sense that it was the only one that dealt with intangibles, we all know that X-rays, scans and the like are far less precise than their purveyors let on. But it seemed that the mental health professionals and the groups that represented the clients, relatives and users of the service couldn't agree on a single thing, not even whether people were ill in the first place. It was difficult to imagine, say, the British Diabetic Association and a group of Endocrine Clinic staff knocking verbal lumps out of each other in this way even though diabetes and schizophrenia have a good deal in common.

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The limits of responsibility: Never mind stigma – it is unlimited liability that is harming the profession

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