By Linda Gask

A brief advent to Psychiatry is designed to offer readers a transparent photo of the occupation of psychiatry because it is at the present time in addition to an knowing of the topic from which to strengthen extra research.

The writer describes the improvement of the occupation, the path to qualification and the scope of up to date perform, together with the paintings performed via psychiatrists in a variety of specialisms - from baby psychiatry to habit companies and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the adventure of people that were via psychiatric therapy, the booklet additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's viewpoint.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the career and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which were and remain performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief advent to Psychiatry is for an individual taking a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, even if on the way to education or out of extra normal curiosity

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Foulkes, another refugee from Europe who later developed the technique of group analysis, and the psychiatrist Tom Main. Here they founded the concept of the therapeutic community which they described as: An attempt to use a hospital not as an organisation run by doctors in the interests of their own technical efficiency, but as a community with the aim of full participation of all its members in its daily life and the central aim of resocialisation of the neurotic individual for life in organised society.

Anti-psychiatry undoubtedly led to much greater sensitivity to the rights of the patient and influenced psychiatry to examine its own values. But the downside was first the impact on relationships between psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, with whom conflict was ready to erupt, and second the feeling among many relatives that they were being blamed for the genesis of mental illness. We will return to exploring recent developments in this field and the growth of the user movement in the last two decades in Chapter 3.

Laing appears as Dr Willie Last. See Sigal (1976). qxd 5/21/04 2:35 PM Page 36 2 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.

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