Psychiatry: an impossible profession?
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 1997
OBJECTIVE: To examine the disconcerting question as to whether psychiatry is a fully-fledged profession or not. METHOD: A review of pertinent literature regarding the criteria of a profession, the vulnerability of psychiatry to abuse, and potential models for the proper practice of psychiatry. RESULTS: Psychiatry lost its professional anchorage entirely with its misuse to suppress dissent in the former Soviet Union and in the so-called euthanasia program in Nazi Germany. It remains vulnerable to abuse unless psychiatrists recognise the professional criteria they must satisfy. A new symbol, a humble stool, is proposed. Its, three legs represent the three equally significant dimensions of psyc..View full abstract