The poster is from a series published by the European Campaign Against Domestic Violence (figure). An education and debate article (BMJ 2003;327:673-5. 20 Sep) click here looked at the role of primary care services in picking up cases of partner abuse--the preferred term for domestic abuse, which encompasses emotional, sexual, and economic abuse, as well as physical violence.
From the same issue (p 664) there is an enlightening article on alcohol misuse in elderly people. Stereotypes of alcoholics focus on younger generations, but this clinical review identifies the problem in older age groups and states that, as the population ages, this problem will become even greater.
For anyone who feels puzzled by the mysteries of screening, a useful explanation of the differences between sensitivity and specificity was published in the BMJ's theme issue about communicating risk on 27 September (2003;327:716-9) click here. The highly publicised controversy over the measles, mumps,