The debate discussing whether psychotherapy should be taught to psychiatric residents (1) reflects the change, growth, and maturation of the profession. A theme that virtually defined psychiatric practice only a few decades ago is viewed by some as ready for discard while others still see it as essential. Of course, this isn't the first time. Eighty years ago some argued that the intellectual excitement and therapeutic promise of psychoanalysis was more than ample reason to discard the sterile and clinically nihilistic concern with constitutional neuropathic diatheses that marked 19th century psychiatry. Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed.
Michels, MD, Robert
"In Response: Should Psychotherapy be Taught to Psychiatric Residents?,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 16.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol5/iss2/16