n South African Psychiatry Review - The bioethics of cosmetic psychopharmacology : guest editorial

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1811-7805



Extracted from text ... GUEST EDITORIAL S Afr Psychiatry Rev 2005;8:50-51 South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 50 The bioethics of cosmetic psychopharmacology The term "cosmetic psychopharmacology" was introduced by Peter Kramer in his best-selling volume, "Listening to Prozac".1 This is a thoughtful piece on the possibility that psychiatric medications can be used not only for major psychiatric disorders, but also for sub-clinical symptoms, and on the possible consequences for patients, psychiatrists, and society at large. This is not a new issue; barbiturates and benzodiazepines, for example, were earlier seen by some experts as a "pill for every mental ill", but the ..

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