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Int Rev Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;21(3):273-5. doi: 10.1080/09540260902748076.

Science fiction or reality?

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  • 1King's College London, UK.


Psychiatry is a topic that has long fascinated the film industry. Psychiatric illnesses provide a unique base for directors to create characters and surroundings that capture the imagination of the audience. However, there is the risk that inaccurate portrayals can lead to biased and unfair views in those with no direct experience of them. In this paper two portrayals are compared.

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