Letter: Unknown killers
In truth, although psychiatrists come into contact with many potentially dangerous people, they are unable to predict whether or when a given person will commit an act of violence.
One known important factor which increases the likelihood of criminal behaviour, including apparently irrational violence, is the use of illegal drugs. However, it is still impossible for a psychiatrist, or anyone else, including close relatives, to predict when a person will take a drug and in what circumstances the drug will induce a state of inclination towards violence.
Dr ANDREW WILSKI
Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director
Pembury Hospital, Mental Health Services
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
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