Through Hamlet to Narrative Medicine and Neuroscience: Literature as a Basic Science of PsychiatryJune 1st 2005
Psychiatrists have often turned to literature for theory building, clinical understanding and teaching. Hamlet is a common example, beginning with Freud. Most psychiatrists, like Freud, look at content (character and motivation) when using literature. However, the process (interaction between characters) can also teach us much about the psychiatrist-patient encounter.