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July 2018

Precision Psychiatry—Will Genomic Medicine Lead the Way?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California San Diego, La Jolla
  • 2Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California
  • 3Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 4Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(7):663-664. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0375

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstein, American Historian

Psychiatry as a field is not burdened by the belief that we know it all. For the most part, mental health clinicians and researchers alike are aware of (1) the depth (shallow) with which we understand the nature of mental illness, (2) the efficacy (suboptimal) of our existing treatments, and (3) the strength (weak) of our ability to predict treatment outcomes.