n African Journal of Psychiatry - 'To predict or not to predict - that is the question'
An exploration of risk assessment in the context of South African forensic psychiatry : forensic forum

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



In ancient times, events of particular significance to individuals, societies and countries, were mostly considered to be the result of fate, luck or divine intervention. 'Omens', that is signs spontaneously revealed through acts of nature, or elicited from it by the actions of priests and diviners, were in fact an early form of prediction, and great significance was attached to their appearance.

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