Long term psychotherapy

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1581a (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1581
  1. John A Davis
  1. Emeritus professor of paediatrics Great Shelford, Cambridge CB2 5JE.

    EDITOR,—Isaac Marks's arguments against the cost effectiveness of long term psychotherapy could equally well be applied to the long term and often purely palliative treatments available for patients with intractable somatic disease. These patients' needs are not yet neglected because the drugs and surgery involved are unlikely to effect an outright cure or be proved to be cost effective in the terms of reference of the profession of accountancy as contrasted to that of medicine.

    Perhaps we should bear in mind that the purpose of medicine is to cure sometimes, to ameliorate often, to comfort always.


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