A medical student in the BMJ describes the stigma that faces doctors who specialise in psychiatry. They are often viewed as reject doctors who couldn't do well enough elsewhere. I have never had to see a psychiatrist, though my view of them is somewhat jaundiced by the appalling abuse ME patients have had to face from the psychiatric lobby in this country. Still, I find it bizarre that those who seek to fix broken minds are looked down on by those who seek to fix broken bodies. But I know medicine is full of snobbery and hierarchy. My own father - a consultant anaesthetist - was detrimental about psychiatrists. This was the sixties/seventies and ironically he actually needed a psychiatrist but that is another story. And over the years I have - as a patient - heard different consultants be nippy about GPs. I recently read Direct Red by Gabriel Weston and the writer/doctor describes the astonishing arrogance of some high ranking surgeons (this is worth reading, albeit a slim volume and a little repetitive at times, but a great insight into the world of surgery). What arrogant doctors seem to forget - and I know there are many fine and lovely doctors - is that if people did not get ill they all would be out of a job.