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No psychiatry without psychopharmacology
The use of psychotropic medication is an important part of most psychiatrists’ clinical practice. We propose here that psychiatry needs to give more prominence to psychopharmacology in order to ensure that psychiatric drugs are used effectively and safely. The issue has several ramifications, including the future of psychiatry as a medical discipline.
The essence and future of psychiatry is a topic of renewed discussion. In one such editorial, Craddock et al listed several core attributes of the psychiatrist.1 They omitted one which we think is also important, and which has relevance for psychiatry as a medical specialty: expertise in psychopharmacology.



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"To fall in hell or soar angelic you need a pinch of psychedelic".
Humphry Osmond to Aldous Huxley (in a book)


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