Behavior: Battered Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are supposed to be society's healers—comforting guides for the confused, pacifiers of the violent. Sometimes, though, they do not seem to be caretakers of the disturbed so much as their targets. Whether or not attacks by patients on psychiatrists are on the rise nationwide, concern about them seems to be more widespread today than ever before. At one institution, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, assaults on doctors have risen by 20% to 30% in the past two years. To judge by recent reports of broken noses, stab wounds, fractured jaws and other injuries to therapists in big hospitals...