All of us lament the violence that seems to saturate so many corners of our international and more personal worlds. Bullet exchanges in the Middle East, Central Asia, the south side of Chicago, and the south side of Providence. Sniper attacks. School shootings. Stabbings that spring out of domestic violence. And now cyber-bullying that, sadly, has led to a stunning number of adolescent suicides. We know we want this madness to stop, and we want to know how it starts in the first place. Dr. Joanna Brown has seen the fallout of violence up close, and has compelling thoughts about where some of it begins.
Joanna Brown is medical director at the Rhode Island Training School and also leads primary care innovation efforts out of the Brown University Family Medicine Department. She lives in Providence with her spouse, Rebecca, and their two sons.