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September 27, 2000

Liaison Psychiatry: Sigmundoscopy: Medical-Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison—The Bases

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(12):1580. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1580-JBK0927-2-1

There is a long-standing debate in psychiatric training programs as to how much education should underlie training. Education deals with the conceptual basis of normal and abnormal behavior as a substrate to the development of trained professionals. Training involves a focus on the development of skills and techniques for dealing with psychiatric problems. Sigmundoscopy, devoted to consultation-liaison psychiatry, meets neither of these goals. It is replete with enormous lists and categories of items, but nothing is dealt with in substance, and, consequently, the book has a strong antiintellectual quality. I found the numerous cartoon illustrations puerile and neither amusing nor educational—in fact, irritating, as is the whole presentation.