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Debate: The concept of culture has outlived its usefulness for psychiatry

  • Mohammed A. Rashed (a1) (a2), Rachel Bingham (a3), Norman A. Poole (a2) (a4), Abdi Sanati (a5) and Werdie van Staden (a6)...

This paper presents a debate in which the authors participated at the World Psychiatric Association conference in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2016. Professor van Staden acted as chair and here, as at the debate, provides a rationale for debating a topic that many of those involved in mental health believe to be decided. The discussion that ensued demonstrated, however, that while the arguments have moved on they have not ceased. Who won? Well that depends how you look at it. A few in the audience shifted position towards the motion but the majority remained opposed. What do you think?

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Debate: The concept of culture has outlived its usefulness for psychiatry

  • Mohammed A. Rashed (a1) (a2), Rachel Bingham (a3), Norman A. Poole (a2) (a4), Abdi Sanati (a5) and Werdie van Staden (a6)...
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