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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
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10.1093/med/9780199608386.003.0001
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date: 12 December 2017

Chapter 1 introduces medical psychotherapy and sets the tone of the book by introducing one of the central messages—that of a developmental perspective on medical practice. It starts by explaining what medical psychotherapy is, including a history of the profession and the roles of the medical psychotherapist. The layout of the book as a whole is explained. The chapter describes how the lifelong professional development of the doctor parallels the personal development of the patient; the concept of thinking cradle to grave is introduced and discussed. The development of a therapeutic attitude is described at the various points of a doctor’s career: undergraduate, postgraduate, and onwards. The chapter also describes recruitment, renewal, and revalidation within psychiatry, in the context of the need to develop and maintain a psychotherapeutic psychiatry.

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