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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 Future
The future
Some Cheerleaders and Cassandras

Cassandra was a prophetess in Greek mythology who foretold the outcome of many disastrous events in the ancient world. The earlier chapters of this book might lead the reader to the conclusion that the future of psychiatry is going to be overwhelmingly biological. Depending on your viewpoint, this might be an opportunity of great promise or a potential disaster for the profession. Whichever your perspective, the major concern of researchers within academic departments of psychiatry in North America and western Europe is now, undoubtedly, biologically oriented research. The subtitle of Nancy Andreasen's book, Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome (2001), seems to promise explicitly that embracing biology will provide us with that which ...

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