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By Linda Gask

A brief advent to Psychiatry is designed to provide readers a transparent photo of the occupation of psychiatry because it is this day in addition to an realizing of the topic from which to increase extra research.

The writer describes the improvement of the occupation, the path to qualification and the scope of latest perform, together with the paintings performed via psychiatrists in quite a number specialisms - from baby psychiatry to dependancy providers and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the event of people that were via psychiatric remedy, the booklet additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's viewpoint.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the career and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which were and stay performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief creation to Psychiatry is for someone having a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, no matter if on the way to education or out of extra normal curiosity

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This is not an easy task. In the next chapter we will look at how psychiatrists are trained to do this today, and how they try and achieve it. qxd 34 5/21/04 2:34 PM Page 34 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY Notes 1. William Battie was one of the foremost ‘mad doctors’ of his era and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was also a notable eccentric and appears to have lent his name to the second meaning of the word ‘batty’, which previously had only meant ‘batlike’ but now also means ‘barmy’ or ‘dotty’.

David Clark surprised his colleagues by taking the post of medical superintendent of Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge after serving in northern Europe and the Far East as a parachute regiment medical officer. He wanted to improve the conditions of long-stay patients at the hospital and was fascinated by the social approaches that had been developed. The experience of war and its aftermath seemed to have been important: It was these experiences that taught me of the extraordinary things that men did to one another and the immense effect that the environment had on people.

Qxd 34 5/21/04 2:34 PM Page 34 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY Notes 1. William Battie was one of the foremost ‘mad doctors’ of his era and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was also a notable eccentric and appears to have lent his name to the second meaning of the word ‘batty’, which previously had only meant ‘batlike’ but now also means ‘barmy’ or ‘dotty’. Possibly the original ‘eccentric’ psychiatrist? See Bewley (1998). 2. Milieu therapy is ‘a means of providing an integrated, stable, and coherent context in which the optimal combination of specific treatments can be given to the patient’.

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