B. Crowhurst Archer
South African Medical Journal, 1964
"The medical curriculum is at saturation point. It has reached a stage where no further additions can be made without first eliminating something else. Our present problem is not so much what to include in the curriculum as what to leave out. The psychiatric programme presents similar difficulties, but here we have not only to re-examine the basic principles of psychiatry-as teachers we must pay attention to the broader cultural and humanistic development of our students. For them the attainment of knowledge is not enough; their goal must be emotional maturity. The need for psychiatrists is a great and pressing one because of the vast numbers of mentally ill persons, both in our hospitals and in the communih'. But how are we to encourage the right type of student to specialize in psychiatry, and what is the essential training he should receive to meet the present mental health needs of the community? It has been found that good teaching of psychiatry in the undergraduate medical curriculum and good relations between the department of psychiatry and the other departments of the hospital are the most effective means of attracting students to specialize in this important branch of medicine."