Whenever a physician assumes the special title of psychiatrist, indicating a special preparedness to deal with the person and personality functions, it becomes mandatory that he should have a reasonable training. A title carries expectations and a responsibility. What should this include?
Medical practice and medical education have been greatly influenced by the developments in what one understands by "pathology and therapy." "Pathology" has been, and to this day is, limited largely to the sphere of the owner of the corpse and of the microscope. Even "clinical pathology" today makes one think of the laboratory and the roentgen-ray room. Unfortunately and unjustly, the data accessible during life are called or thought of as "symptoms" instead of data of pathology, much to the confusion of thought—as if diagnosis and therapy were not pathology at work! One has to accept both functional and structural data of pathology, more and more on an
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