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November 2, 2005

Psychiatry as a Clinical Neuroscience Discipline

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md (Dr Insel), and Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Douglas Hospital, Montreal, Quebec (Dr Quirion).

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2221-2224. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2221

Genomics and neuroscience, 2 areas of science fundamental to psychiatry, have undergone revolutionary changes in the past 20 years. Yet methods of diagnosis and treatment for patients with mental disorders have remained relatively unchanged. Indeed, during the same time, the public health burden of mental disorders has grown alarmingly. Mental disorders are now among the largest sources of medical disability worldwide1 and, like AIDS and cancer, they are urgent and deadly.2,3

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