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Comments and Controversies


How I really feel

Vol. 8, No. 10 / October 2009

I find Dr. Nasrallah’s ideas to be consonant with my own (“Let me tell you how I feel…” From the Editor, Current Psychiatry, August 2009).

I believe insurance companies have discriminated against psychiatrists and our patients for many years. I believe the legal profession has made us what we are today. The oath to tell the truth in the courtroom should include lawyers. We need court-ordered outpatient treatment to help control our patients’ psychiatric illnesses and noncompliance. The worst development in psychiatry has been our relegation to being “pill-pushers,” off limits to psychotherapy.

Howard W. Fisher, MD
Psychiatrist
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Pueblo, CO

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