Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
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
McHugh PR. Striving for Coherence: Psychiatry’s Efforts Over Classification. JAMA. 2005;293(20):2526–2528. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.293.20.2526
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