Great Quotes in Medicine | Throw the Book at ‘Em

Posted on January 21, 2011


I understand that not everything in medicine can be black & white (that would make me guilty of splitting).  Recently, though, during a group exercise, I asked a third year Psychiatry resident why none of our case diagnoses were consistent with DSM-IV TR criteria (= the Psychiatrist’s bible).  She replied:

“There’s an ebb & flow to diagnosis in psychiatry.”

Excuse me for taking a page from the double rainbow guy, but what does that even MEAN?!  That sometimes we follow the criteria set forth by our own diagnostic manual, and sometimes we just slap a diagnosis on someone when it’s convenient?  More evidence that Psychiatrists consistently make shit up.

Bonus:  Question!

Q:  How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

A:  Just one, but the light bulb has to want to change.