Why Psychiatry Is a Branch of Medicine

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9780195074208: Why Psychiatry Is a Branch of Medicine

This groundbreaking new book clarifies the debate about treating mental illness by applying the medical model--the traditional way of thinking about disease--to psychiatric disorders, an approach that ties clinical practice and research to the broader perspective of modern biology. In the author's view, brain function variations are involved in the development of psychopathological syndromes, while at the same time, subjective experiences--cognitive and emotional--are important manifestations of brain physiology in health and disease. Guze's argument emphasizes the need for careful attention to psychiatric diagnosis and to each of three main research strategies inherent in the medical model: the epidemiological, the clinical, and the biological. He emphasizes the importance of controlled studies in all three strategies, noting the many pitfalls associated with drawing facile conclusions from apparent associations. How psychotherapy fits into the medical model and can be joined with biological psychiatry is an important facet of his discussion. He also deals with a number of social, ethical, and philosophical questions that psychiatrists face including causality, teleology, consciousness, mind-brain relationships, reductionism, and free will. The book offers stimulating reading for all psychiatrists, psychologists, and general readers interested in the newest ideas in treating mentally illness.

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About the Author:

Samuel B. Guze, Spencer T. Olin Professor of Psychiatry Chair of the Department; Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Washington University School of Medicine.

Review:

Advance praise: "Dr. Samuel Guze, one of psychiatry's most careful workers and critical thinkers, now provides a slender volume with pithy commentary on the major issues facing psychiatry. His commentary ranges from consciousness, free will, and ethics to the respective roles of biology and
psychodynamics, but in every instance he captures the essence of the dialectic and provides a clear view tempered by experience and common sense." --William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland

Advance praise: "A distillation of the wisdom accumulated over a lifetime by one of our leading thinkers in psychiatry, and in medicine. It will influence these disciplines but it should interest a far wider audience--anyone who has thought seriously about the brain, the mind and the meaning
of illness." --Albert J. Stunkard, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"A brief review cannot touch upon all of the important, and sometimes controversial, matters discussed in this book. It needs to be read." --Missouri Psychiatry

"Guze's ambitions are admirable; he attempts to alert the reader to an imminent crux in the evolution of psychiatry as other fields encroach upon it -- psychology from one side and neurology from the other. The individual essays are thought provoking." --Pulse

"Dr. Guze has summarized in a small book the results of many years of thinking, probing, experimenting, and observing. The result is a concise presentation of the principles that guide the practice of psychiatry....I recommend this book to all psychiatrists, and also to others in medicine and
elsewhere who want to know more about the history and present standing of psychiatric thoughts."--Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

"Guze's thesis centers on the importance of applying the 'medical model' to mental illnes. He has been a leading proponent of this perspective over the past 30 years, and this book is a comprehensive summary of his views....Guze also considers the implications of the medical model with
respect to research strategies, diagnostic issues, biologic psychiatry and neuroscience, psychotherapy, philosophical issues, and education and training....Guze's arguments are persuasive. He makes a strong case for the medical model of psychiatric disorders and provides hope for continuing its
benefits in psychiatry. The book should be of interest to students and clinicians in and outside psychiatry who are interested in understanding the underpinnings and implications of the medical model.--The New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed in Contemporary Psychology

"Indeed a jewel; its clarity and conciseness in dealing with fundamental epistomological questions are superb....This book is a concise credo of why psychiatry must remain in medicine....Guze has done a great service by presenting a medical model of wisdom and clarity. This book should be
widely read and quoted."--General Hospital Practice

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