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A shared zone of ignorance: Considering practices of seeing and unseeing in and around nursing stations in two psychiatric wards


Yes, well, here we have this Dovecote [the nursing station] where there are glass partitions all the way around, which lets us see the patients. We can’t always hear them when the door is closed, but we can see what’s going on just outside. They can also see us. I don’t think that this is always an advantage.

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