A REVOLUTION has been taking place in psychiatry during the past two decades which has challenged many of the traditional and accepted concepts concerning the management and treatment of the emotionally ill. Many social, economic, and cultural changes in society are playing a role in this ferment. Clinical and basic research have contributed new insights into the etiology and treatment of mental illness. Further, objectives in treatment and prevention of emotional illness have significantly broadened in recent years. Society's demands of psychiatry have increased enormously. The need for increasing numbers of trained psychiatrists as well as for professional personnel in the related mental health disciplines is acute and growing.
While constant reappraisal of the psychiatrist's training is always desirable, it is imperative at this time. The current and immediate past philosophy of residency training is under close scrutiny. Major questions confronting psychiatry
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