Several contributions in this series have focused on young doctors and other health professionals suddenly being confronted by disillusionment regarding their elders and more experienced colleagues. Here, this author relates two such events occurring early in his medical life.
As medical students, my generation was well aware that its ‘training’ in psychiatry was defective. For many of us it was disillusioning. Unfortunate people with a wide range of personality and neurological problems were paraded before us. The mixtures of Freudian and other philosophical schools were trumpeted forth, and the basic lack of commonsense of some of these expositions was so obvious as to be laughable.