August 1966

The Role of Psychiatry in Medical Education, an Appraisal and a Forecast.

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By Sidney L. Werkman, MD. Price, $4.75. Pp 187. Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St, Cambridge, Mass 02136, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):215-216. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140103018

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This report, based on Dr. Werkman's observations of psychiatric teaching in ten medical schools with "strong [departments], having thoughtful, well-organized teaching programs," (p viii) has as its thesis the hardly debatable proposition "that planning realistic and thorough teaching of what is known in the field, and looking to the future rather than the present for the formulation of programs should be the guiding principles of departments of psychiatry" (p 173).

In the course of a very brief, overgeneralized account of some of the chief characteristics of current undergraduate programs the author makes frequent, helpful reference to the recently expanding literature in this field. This, together with an undisclosed number of personal observations of formal teaching sessions (sampled in an unspecified manner), and of informal conversations with presumably self-selected students at the ten schools, leads Dr. Werkman to conclude that, with few exceptions, current undergraduate programs in psychiatry

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