The music of psychiatry
Journal/Book: Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1985; 19: 153-6.
Abstract: The author argues that the practice of psychiatry is impeded by a central paradox. On the one hand, psychiatry cannot develop unless the methods of science are used to unravel its problems. On the other, a significant part of what has been advanced as science is of little value and has done no more than divert attention from the important non- scientific aspects of psychiatric practice. Empathetic and perceptive practice is central for good psychiatry; there is no reason to believe that scientific method alone--good or bad--will lead to its achievement.
Keyword(s): Philosophy, Medical. Psychiatry/standards. Science