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Psychiatry and neuroscience: Don't sacrifice proven emergence at the altar of unproven reductionism

John Markowitz who is a clinical psychiatrist at the NIH has a cogent column in the New York Times in which he argues that an excessive focus on neuroscience translational research is stifling useful and proven research in psychiatry. His main point is that the neuroscience research is unproven and long term, and while it may promise attractive dividends, there are many patients who need good psychiatric treatment now, patients who cannot work along the timelines promised by cutting edge neuroscience work.
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