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Mens Sana Monogr. 2006 Jan;4(1):166-83. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.27613.

What psychiatry means to us.

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  • 1Professor, Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India. E-mail: jktrivedi@hotmail.com, drjktrivedi@sify.com, drjktrivedi@sancharnet.in.

Abstract

Psychiatry has come up as one of the most dynamic branches of medicine in recent years. There are a lot of controversies regarding concepts, nosology, definitions and treatments in psychiatry, all of which are presently under a strict scanner. Differences are so many that even the meaning of psychiatry varies amongst individual psychiatrists. For us, it is an art to practice psychiatry and give the patient what he needs. Still, it should be practiced with great caution and utmost sincerity towards the patient, based on scientific knowledge and not to be guided by individual conceptions alone. Ethics in psychiatry forms an integral part of its basic concept and meaning, and a tight balance should be maintained between professional advancement and patient benefit. In recent years, the scope of psychiatry has enlarged considerably, with wide ranging influences from Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy on the one hand, and Neurology and Medicine on the other.

KEYWORDS:

Definition of Psychiatry; Diagnosis; Ethics Professional Advancement and Research.; Good Psychiatric Practice; Philosophical Basis; Psychiatry and Psychology; Scope and Field of Psychiatry

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22013340
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PMC3190449
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