Fashions come and go. Filmstars have their hey days and
sink into oblivion. Technological gadgets become outdated sometimes even before they enter the market. Everyone wants the
latest in TVs, computers, mobiles, cars, household appliances, industrial machinery, the works.
We want to hear the latest news. Nobody prefers to read
yesterday’s newspaper today out of choice. We also want to read the latest edition of a book, and look up recent references
and research work.
We want the latest in treatments as well. The most recent
is always considered an advancement over what was available earlier. Newer therapies, newer investigations, newer procedures.
But, at the some time, we want to go to the senior consultant.
And, given a choice, the older the better. Even elsewhere, we do not go to the junior most person to solve our problems if
we can approach the senior man, and he is amenable. The recent graduate or postgraduate has the latest information, but it
is the senior man who sits on the panel of examiners.
We want the most recent in some cases, and the older and
more experienced in others. Why should this happen? How should we handle our great need to update our knowledge on the latest,
and yet not neglect the old and time-tested?
This dilemma occurs in the research field as well, and
psychiatry is no exception.
What can be a healthy way of resolving this issue is the subject matter of this monograph.