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‘The Last Resort’ – the influence of a television programme on referrals to a national unit for affective disorders

  • A. D. Hodgkiss (a1), A. L. Malizia (a2) and P. K. Bridges (a3)

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On 28 March 1990 a BBC television programme in the ‘QED’ series was broadcast entitled ‘The Last Resort’. It sympathetically showed the life of a woman with a treatment resistant affective disorder and later presented some aspects of her treatment at this unit, including a stereotactic subcaudate tractotomy (SST) operation. As a result of this programme a number of patients wrote to us and this report compares referrals arising in this way with a sample of referrals to the unit through the usual channels.

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‘The Last Resort’ – the influence of a television programme on referrals to a national unit for affective disorders

  • A. D. Hodgkiss (a1), A. L. Malizia (a2) and P. K. Bridges (a3)
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