I hope that there is no need for me to argue the general case for research in psychiatry, or indeed in any branch of medicine where our knowledge is incomplete—which, of course, means every branch. I do not, of course, imply that research is a necessary component of individual careers in psychiatry; but for the health of the discipline as a whole it is quite essential. The greatest enemies of progress in any branch of science are dogmatically held beliefs; and I believe—not I hope too dogmatically—that the best protection from a dogmatic cast of mind comes from some experience or research. Research is sometimes portrayed as something which may inhibit the taking of necessary decisions—but in my experience indecision has not been peculiar to research-workers, who are, however, less likely to take decisions lightly and on insufficient evidence.
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