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Treating offenders with personality disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Damian Mohan
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Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7EG
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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Sir: Maden (Psychiatric Bulletin, December 1999, 23, 707-710) advocates that the concept of ‘treatability’ of psychopathic disorder “must go, before irreparable damage is done to psychiatry's public standing”. He condemns psychiatrists who diagnose an untreatable personality disorder and conclude that supervision is impossible and leave a probation officer to carry out this supervision. By distancing ourselves from the concept of ‘treatability’ are we not becoming more concerned with public protection rather than treatment of patients?

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