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It is sad that psychiatrists continue to suffer the indignity of being
permanently misunderstood. It is alarming when Public Health Specialists
(Sutton G., An Old friend. BMJ, Vol 320,3 June 2000) appear to have little
idea what psychiatrisrs actually do.
A neurological examination involving the wielding of a tendon hammer
is an integral part of a thorough psychiatric assessment and is a
fundamental component of the MRCPsych exams.
Stereotyping is not just old fashioned, it is dangerous particularly
when practised by those who should know better.