July 22, 1974

Medical Care of Prisoners and Detainees

Author Affiliations

School of Law and School of Criminology University of California Berkeley


edited by G. E. W. Wolstenholme and Maeve O'Connor (Ciba Foundation symposium No. 16, London, November 1972), 238 pp, with illus, Elsevier-Excerpta Medica-North Holland, 1973.

JAMA. 1974;229(4):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230420081043

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The Ciba symposia, held in London, bring together small groups of distinguished authorities on a wide variety of specialized topics of medical and scientific interest. This symposium included 21 of the world's foremost authorities concerned with the medical and psychiatric care of prisoners. However, there were no representatives from "iron-curtain" countries. Each participant presents a short formal paper, followed by extensive, free discussion. Both the papers and the discussions are presented in full in this volume (with the exception of a "Medical Psychiatric Survey in Alabama State Prison" which, for some unstated reason, had to be censored from the volume).

Many critical issues, of increasing concern to physicians who engage in prison work or are concerned about prison and correctional problems, are discussed here in a very direct and provocatively informal manner. Reading this volume is almost as good as attending the symposium. Many of the papers and much of