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A Short Introduction to Psychiatry is designed to give readers a clear picture of the profession of psychiatry as it is today as well as an understanding of the subject from which to develop further study. The author describes the development of the profession, the route to qualification and the scope of contemporary practice, including the work done by psychiatrists in a range of specialisms - from child psychiatry to addiction services and forensic psychiatry. Drawing on the experience of people who have been through psychiatric treatment, the book also explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's perspective. Many criticisms have been levelled against the profession and the author, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which have been and continue to be played out between ...

The Culture of Psychiatry
The culture of psychiatry

At the beginning of the twenty-first century the profession of psychiatry is more closely aligned to medicine than at any other time in its history. The psychiatrist is a qualified medical practitioner, who specializes in psychiatry during postgraduate training, in exactly the same way that he or she might train to become a surgeon, a physician (specialist in general internal medicine), or a general practitioner. And yet for the patient, for fellow mental health professionals, and in the eyes of the general public there are extraordinary differences between someone who cares for the mind and one who can understand and repair the body. Indeed, among psychiatrists there are splits and disagreements between those who want to draw the ...

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