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Can poetry help us become better psychiatrists?

  • Jeremy Holmes (a1)
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Learning medicine and psychiatry is a moral as well as an intellectual challenge. Successful training in psychiatry can lead to significant personality maturation. Using poetic examples, the paper explores aspects of emotional development relevant to the traditional values of dynamic psychiatry. Such values are contrasted with those of the prevailing bureaucracy.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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