Psychiatrists get an offer they cannot refuse

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1374
  1. Tony David, professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, London

    The Sopranos, Channel 4, Thursdays 10 30 pm (times may vary)

    There is no doubt that the United States is way ahead of the United Kingdom in so many ways. This is especially evident when you attend scientific conferences there. While the former colonies were immersed in the third series, we back home were barely getting to grips with the first. Yes, The Sopranos is the talking point in transatlantic psychiatry. There would be enough to enjoy and discuss in this tale of postmodern Mafia hitmen and their families in present day New Jersey. But it is the extra dimension added by the inclusion of a psychiatrist as a central character, Dr Jennifer Melfi, which is the hook.

    Tony Soprano, the local godfather, is an effective manager, capable of merciless brutality as well as touching sentiment. He deals with protection rackets, extortion, and, especially, liquidating rivals, while in parallel trying to deal with a sullen …

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