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"The word confinement is shackled with connotations of punishment and imprisonment, so it is hard to feel anything but aversion on learning that patients in high secure settings are routinely locked in their rooms throughout the night. It just feels antithetical to the caring professions. But confinement also alludes to the time after childbirth during which a new mother is supported and nurtured. These differing senses of the word are at play in this collection of articles that present opposing views on the practice; is night-time confinement an act of care or a punishment. I thank the authors for their thoughtful and provoking papers and also our Associate Editor Catherine Penny for commissioning the series. Lock yourself away and read them tonight. Then tell us what you think."
Norman Poole, Editor