The British Journal of Psychiatry
Psychopathology as the basic science of psychiatry
Giovanni Stanghellini, Matthew R. Broome
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We argue that psychopathology, as the discipline that assesses and makes sense of abnormal human subjectivity, should be at the heart of psychiatry. It should be a basic educational prerequisite in the curriculum for mental health professionals and a key element of the shared intellectual identity of clinicians and researchers in this field.

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