Psychiatry in Pakistan: 1947-2006: a new balance sheet

J Pak Med Assoc. 2007 Sep;57(9):453-63.


This review deals with the evolution of psychiatry in Pakistan since its inception in 1947. It describes the situation of psychiatric services, education and research through the years 1947-2006, presenting a picture of existing mental health scenario, suggesting the ways for improvement and comment on possible future developments. It concludes with the prediction of a revolutionary change in the current shape of psychiatry throughout the world and especially in Pakistan whereby psychiatry will change to organic-based discipline of a wider "Neurosciences".

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Health Education
  • Health Planning
  • Health Policy
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / history
  • Mental Health Services / trends*
  • Pakistan
  • Psychiatry / education
  • Psychiatry / history
  • Psychiatry / trends*