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June 1992

Make My Day

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(6):591. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530300023004

I live in a moderately sized city in upstate New York. It is conservative by usual standards. George Eastman, the industrialist and great benefactor, noted that it was a nice place to raise children. It has broad streets, nice parks, many cultural opportunities, good music, excellent medical care, and over 60 homicides a year. Two years ago we had a serial killer who brutally murdered over a dozen women. This is a city that prides itself in addressing problems by concerned citizen groups. Maybe these groups have been effective; maybe without them we would have had 100 homicides a year.

A very disquieting note is our reaction to this. In the morning paper you read about another homicide, and turn to the sports page to see what happened to the Bills. We are jaded. We have lost our sense of outrage. We suffer from violence overload. Now almost no one

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