Medicine: Psychiatrist, Heal Thyself

Is psychiatry all that it is cracked up to be? Emphatically not, says Montreal Psychiatrist Elliott Emanuel. "In our generation," he writes in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, "some of the biggest names in psychiatry are men whose scientific contributions have been negligible, whose contact with individual patients has been minimal for several years, and whose time is devoted to committees, journalism, and publicity for themselves and their institutions . . . Within the various schools of psychiatry we have much mutual backslapping and back-scratching in spite of intense personal rivalry, while a bland and successful façade is presented to the...