Cautionary Tales - Dr Peter Rischbieth

EARLY on in my time as a rural GP, a family brought their intellectually disabled 52-year-old son to our clinic. This particular patient had chronic schizophrenia which was poorly controlled and he was also a heavy user of alcohol.

He was unable to care for himself to the point where he had been rejecting home services from outside agencies and had often been abandoned by his family on occasions because of his severe rudeness, unpredictable behaviour, alcohol excesses and history of uncooperativeness. He had frequently been subject to short-term