Maternal care is disrespectful to the point of abuse in many of the countries of the world. How can it be that members of the caring professions can so abuse their position of trust? This short editorial argues that a culture of poor care can develop among perfectly ordinary people – indeed, we know this from the iconic experiments of Zimbardo  and Milgram. As the Good Samaritan experiment shows, people are exquisitely sensitive to their environment, especially their social environment. So, here is my model for how an abusive culture develops:
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
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