What I learned as a corrections physician

As a corrections physician I frequently heard the question, “How can you take care of those people?” I understood what they were asking, after all, I was caring for people convicted of such crimes as murder, rape and child abuse. And yet I had very little difficulty providing the same care to inmates that I provided to everyone else. In fact, the corrections environment was generally easier to work in and more rewarding than other clinical settings. It soon became clear to me that the majority of inmates, just like everybody else in the world, had both good and bad qualities. They could be funny, kind, insightful, intelligent and, yes, truly decent human beings. All too often they cam...

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