Taking care

  • Philip J. Barker


I was encouraged from an early age to watch and listen to the world about me. Once aware of its vastness, I learned quickly that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It may be more correct to say that my limited understanding is easily obscured by the shadows of the Big Questions: what is life and why are we here? Providing that I do not forget this, what little I know seems to be very useful. I have admitted in the previous chapters that depression, in its various forms, has been studied for at least 2000 years. There is no doubt that we know much more now than once we did. I have noted also our tendency to restate old forms of knowledge in new, often more technical language. Given that history has a tendency to repeat itself, maybe we only discover what we have lost or forgotten. When we restate the problem of depression, we may adopt the cloak of competence, cleverly disguising our ignorance with the trappings of science.


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  • Philip J. Barker
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  1. 1.University of DundeeScotland

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