A new intellectual framework for psychiatry

Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Apr;155(4):457-69. doi: 10.1176/ajp.155.4.457.


In an attempt to place psychiatric thinking and the training of future psychiatrists more centrally into the context of modern biology, the author outlines the beginnings of a new intellectual framework for psychiatry that derives from current biological thinking about the relationship of mind to brain. The purpose of this framework is twofold. First, it is designed to emphasize that the professional requirements for future psychiatrists will demand a greater knowledge of the structure and functioning of the brain than is currently available in most training programs. Second, it is designed to illustrate that the unique domain which psychiatry occupies within academic medicine, the analysis of the interaction between social and biological determinants of behavior, can best be studied by also having a full understanding of the biological components of behavior.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Psychiatry* / education
  • Biological Psychiatry* / trends
  • Education, Medical / standards
  • Educational Measurement
  • Forecasting
  • Gene Expression / physiology
  • Genes / physiology
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards
  • Internship and Residency / trends
  • Mental Disorders / etiology
  • Mental Disorders / genetics
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Models, Genetic
  • Models, Neurological
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Psychiatry / trends
  • Psychoanalysis / education
  • Psychoanalysis / trends
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Social Sciences / trends


  • Psychotropic Drugs