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May 25, 2005

Striving for Coherence: Psychiatry’s Efforts Over Classification

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Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 2005;293(20):2526-2528. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2526

Psychiatrists are reconsidering how to classify the conditions they treat. What they decide will affect who receives psychiatric services and what those services will be––matters surely of interest and concern to all physicians and health care workers. But the American Psychiatric Association has delayed a new revision of its classificatory manual so as to confront what historically has been a most obstinate challenge––how to bring its diagnoses and explanations together.1

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