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Letters Mental illness treatments

Treat mental illness by addressing the causes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4374
  1. Woody Caan, professor of public health1
  1. 1Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
  1. woody.caan{at}

What lies behind the overt call for more money to fund research on psychotropic drugs?1 The sad reality is that across psychiatric practice there is no treatment, pharmacological or psychological, that suits all patients in all circumstances, even for the single, common diagnosis of depression used …

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