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Psychiatry and its Critics

  • Martin Roth (a1)


It is ironic but not unexpected that, at a time when psychiatry is moving out of isolation and into closer proximity with other disciplines in general hospitals, the relationship of psychiatry with medicine should be called into question. The anti-medical critique of psychiatry represents one approach within a wider movement which has assumed international proportions and adopts a critical or derogatory stance towards psychiatry's methods, aims and social role; it is anti-medical, anti-therapeutic, anti-institutional, and anti-scientific, either by expressed aim or implicitly through the dogmatic, hortatory, diffuse and inconsistent character of its utterances.



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Abridged version of the Presidential Address of the Royal College of Psychiatrists—Presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Quebec Psychiatric Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Montreal, June 1972.

Published by kind permission of the Editor, Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal.

Psychiatry and its Critics

  • Martin Roth (a1)


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Psychiatry and its Critics

  • Martin Roth (a1)
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