A Pathway back to the Medical Model for Psychiatry

Clinical information for mental health professionals and primary care providers.

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Why Create this Site

Welcome to the site where I hope to build a case for returning psychiatry to its historical roots in the medical model as formalized in the late 19th century by Kraepelin and other European psychiatrists as well as tracing time honored descriptions of clinical pictures such as classic melancholia and mania from antiquity to present day patient care...

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I. A Pathway to the Medical Model for Psychiatry

The Lost and Ignored Scientific Validity of Psychiatry from its Historical Roots to the Present by Hunter Yost MD There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. Hippocrates If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf

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II. What is a “disorder?”

Understanding the historical development of the terms will shed some light onto the origin of the term ‘disorder.’ Robert Spitzer, MD was the guiding force behind the sea of change of the 1980 DSM-III.  Spitzer, initially trained in psychoanalysis as per the psychoanalytic hegemony in the mid-20th century, quickly decided

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“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at one time is a function of power and not truth.” — Nietzsche …

The medical field has life saving drugs.  A few notable examples, aside from the obvious antibiotics, include cancer treatments such as immunotherapy, …

The New York Times 8-27-22 article by Matt Richtel titled, “This Teen was prescribed 10 psychiatric drugs. She’s not alone: Increasingly, anxious …

“The primacy of mania: a reconsideration of mood disorders,”2 published in 2009 by Ghaemi et. al. was referred to as “A masterpiece …

9.0 – NY Times: Child Psychopath? The provocative title of the article I discuss below caught my attention firstly, because I see …

On 4-26-2022, an article in People magazine reporting on the legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber heard, stated that a non-board-certified …

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