Thursday, June 09, 2011

Psychiatric classic

Nice to see that the BMJ in its Views & Reviews series regards Arthur Kleinman's Rethinking psychiatry as a medical classic. I include it my critical psychiatry website book recommendations page.

A focus on culture arises out of the combination of anthropology and psychiatry. Indigenous healing systems worldwide use nonspecific symbolic techniques to counteract demoralisation. Kleinman promotes a paradigm shift in medical and psychiatric practice to create a robust relationship between psychiatry and the social sciences.

The review was written by a junior doctor (in anaesthetics) who says he was left "uninspired by the basic sociology taught at university". Rethinking psychiatry invigorated a renewed interest for him. This confirms what I said in a previous post about what might attract young doctors into psychiatry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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