Medicine: Are You Always Worrying?

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The average man doesn't know much about psychiatry, but he knows what he dislikes and suspects about it. One psychiatrist, paraphrasing Artemus Ward, has said of his specialty: "In no other field of medical knowledge does the average man know so many things that ain't so."

Psychiatry is not yet 60 years old; it is the youngest and most controversial branch of medicine. But psychiatry's solemn clinical lingo (see box) has been snatched up, misused and overused by the man in the street. Parents and teachers speak knowingly of "inferiority complexes." The...

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