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May 23/30, 2001

Violence, Mental HealthPsychiatric Aspects of Violence: Issues in Prevention and Treatment

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association

JAMA. 2001;285(20):2649. doi:10.1001/jama.285.20.2649

Another round of school shootings in March 2001; in one, a 15-year-old high school freshman kills two and wounds 13; within weeks an 18-year-old wounds five. Another round of newspaper and television stories quotes experts on why and what should have or could have been done. Another op-ed piece in The New York Times: a leading scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health discusses immature frontal lobes in adolescents. The Sopranos third season begins March 4. We see violence on television and avidly read the articles that follow violent incidents, describing the perpetrators, victims, and impact on survivors. We are both horrified and fascinated.

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