A Short Introduction to Psychiatry (Short Introductions to by Linda Gask

By Linda Gask

A brief advent to Psychiatry is designed to offer readers a transparent photograph of the career of psychiatry because it is this day in addition to an figuring out of the topic from which to boost extra examine.

The writer describes the improvement of the career, the path to qualification and the scope of latest perform, together with the paintings performed through psychiatrists in a number of specialisms - from baby psychiatry to habit providers and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the adventure of people that were via psychiatric therapy, the booklet additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's viewpoint.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the occupation and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates which were and remain performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief advent to Psychiatry is for someone having a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, no matter if with a purpose to education or out of extra basic interest.

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Meanwhile, a broader view of psychiatric treatment in hospitals as essentially evil was given support by the writings of Michel Foucault (1965) and Erving Goffman (1961). According to Foucault, who reconsidered the history of psychiatry in Madness and Civilization: What we call psychiatric practice is a certain moral tactic contemporary with the end of the eighteenth century, preserved in the rites of asylum life, and overlaid by the myths of positivism. (Foucault 1965: 276) Psychiatrists were coming to be viewed as agents of social control.

By the time of the Second World War pychotherapeutic treatments had begun to prove their value in managing men who were evacuated from the front line with psychological problems, and in getting them successfully back to work again. R. Rees, who had co-founded the Tavistock Clinic in London, an outpatient unit which offered psychoanalytically informed treatment to patients with neurotic illnesses. In 1939, Rees took up the post of director of army psychiatry, bringing with him a group of young and enthusiastic psychoanalytically orientated psychiatrists including Tom Main and John Bowlby, later to be famous for his work on attachment theory.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists started life as the ‘Association for Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane’, but the title was later changed to the Medico-Psychological Association, and in 1971 to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The birth of the ‘college’ was not without dispute given that there was a split among the senior psychiatrists of the time with academic psychiatrists favouring closer links with the Royal College of Physicians, while psychiatrists working in large mental hospitals, the asylum doctors, who feared that they would be neglected and frozen out from power and influence, favoured an independent college of their own.

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