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Doctors in danger.

Apparently the urge to kill one's doctor is not uncommon, particularly in patients who are in pain, undergoing physical rehabilitation or seeking legal compensation for disability. This is according to David Fishbain and colleagues at the University of Miami, Florida, who surveyed some 2 000 Americans on their interaction with doctors.

Reassuringly, they say that few doctors are actually killed by their patients, but, less comforting, thousands are attacked and injured. Understanding who is likely to have the urge to kill and why, could reduce attacks, according to Fishbain. He says that his work shows just how stressful being assessed for compensation can be and suggests reforms in how such decisions are made.

New Scientist 2008; 24 May: p.17.
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Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
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Date:Aug 1, 2008
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