ICD and DSM are contemporary cultural documents

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7342.914/b (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:914
  1. Derek Summerfield, consultant psychiatrist.
  1. CASCAID, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London SE1 1JJ

    EDITOR—In their riposte to my critique of post-traumatic stress disorder Mezey and Robbins cite me as advocating a “stiff upper lip” approach to adversity. 1 2 This is disingenuous: I was pointing to the tension between aspects of British identity traditionally grounded in stoicism and composure and the emergent demands of an expressive individualism.

    Mezey and Robbins pay …

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