The subjective/objective dichotomy in schizophrenia - relevance to nosology, research and management
In the 1960s, when psychobiological research gained momentum, admirable concerted efforts were made to move psychiatry into the scientific discipline it deserves being. Efforts were made to standardize observations and diagnoses by developing rating scales and classificatory systems. That commendable push was accomplished with a price. Several researchers and clinicians lamented the decline in interest in subjective phenomena. Van Praag  made a serious and passionate plea for the reconquest of the subjective. Others warned the psychiatric field that, by ignoring the subjective experiences of our patients, descriptive psychiatry could be seriously limited as well as our ability to understand and optimally manage our patients [1, 8].
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