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Psychoanalysis can seriously damage your health

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3857 (Published 31 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3857

Re: Psychoanalysis can seriously damage your health

I agree psychoanalysis is not sacred but it seems mere prejudice (done in the name of science) to blame it for how an english professor pronounces 'traumatised' and then equate this with damaging so-called Shakespearian language (which then seems to be equated with health in the title of this piece). I'm not sure if more psychoanalytic trainees are from South America or Eastern Europe rather than UK born but I guess the figures are available.

Whatever Brewer's facility with language it does not justify promoting his views about psychoanalysis without argument or evidence.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 June 2012
Duncan B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Victoria House, Lowestoft NR32 1PL