I appreciated reading the letters from Drs. Ethan Kass and Chester
Berschling in the September 4 issue. They reinforce the awareness that most of
us have regarding our sense of identity. It was oddly amusing to read the
prototypic "psychopharmacologist rant" in an issue that include
articles about Freud's visit to Clark, the passionate faculty at the
University of Arkansas, the prevalence of personality disorders, and
journalist Pete Easley's talks and writings.
Not providing psychotherapy (and psychotherapy has been found to be more
cost-effective) as a psychiatrist is comparable to not operating if you're a
surgeon. (Ours is a great profession to continue in.)
MICHAEL JAMES, M.D.
Salt Lake City, Utah