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The management of hostages after release∗: The Psychiatric Division of the Royal Air Force Medical Service

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The recent release of British and American hostages held by fundamentalist Islamic groups in Lebanon has received national and international publicity. The Psychiatric Division of the Royal Air Force Medical Service has been involved with the management of released British nationals and others but, in the interests of the hostages and their families, has delayed public discussion of the matter. From the British and American viewpoint the recent hostage crisis in the Lebanon has now resolved. It therefore now seems appropriate to describe in general terms the principles upon which early management was based.

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Correspondence to: Consultant Adviser in Psychiatry Royal Air Force, Central Medical Establishment, Royal Air Force Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1P 5FB. Telephone: 071 636 4651, extension 211/212.
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