Letters Psychoanalysis debate

Psychoanalysis helps doctors understand patients

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1775 (Published 14 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1775
  1. Nicola Byrne, consultant psychiatrist1,
  2. Robert Harland, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth Hospital, London SW9 9NU, UK
  1. nicola.byrne{at}slam.nhs.uk

Sometimes it’s embarrassing to be a psychiatrist. Psychiatry has always strived like a younger sibling to establish its status as equivalent to physical medicine, borrowing its clothes to do so. But they don’t fit. The strident tone of non-psychiatrists Salkovskis and Wolpert’s argument against psychoanalysis also belies this anxiety.1 However, anything but the most primitive …

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