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R. E. Kendell
2001 British Journal of Psychiatry  
some dialogue or coordination, especially some dialogue or coordination, especially as neurologists sometimes blame the stigma as neurologists sometimes blame the stigma of brain disease on misunderstandings of brain disease on misunderstandings created by inappropriate application of the created by inappropriate application of the term 'mental'. term 'mental'. I do not, however, share the possibly I do not, however, share the possibly unrealistic and impractical view that the unrealistic and
more » ... practical view that the term 'mental illness' should be abandoned. term 'mental illness' should be abandoned. Brain/mind issues have been debated by Brain/mind issues have been debated by professionals, philosophers, patients and the professionals, philosophers, patients and the public for centuries, and this will continue public for centuries, and this will continue for some time to come. It is reminiscent of for some time to come. It is reminiscent of proposals to abolish the word 'epilepsy' be-proposals to abolish the word 'epilepsy' because this neurological condition is so stig-cause this neurological condition is so stigmatised. Similar suggestions have been matised. Similar suggestions have been made in the past for the words 'cancer' made in the past for the words 'cancer' and 'leprosy', which together with 'epilepsy' and 'leprosy', which together with 'epilepsy' were three great unmentionables for much were three great unmentionables for much of the 20th century (Reynolds, 2000). of the 20th century (Reynolds, 2000). Stigma results from ignorance, mis-Stigma results from ignorance, misunderstanding, fear and prejudice, and the understanding, fear and prejudice, and the way to combat it is by education and rais-way to combat it is by education and raising public awareness. Rather than abandon ing public awareness. Rather than abandon the word 'epilepsy' the International League the word 'epilepsy' the International League Against Epilepsy (professional), the Inter-Against Epilepsy (professional), the International Bureau for Epilepsy (patients/ national Bureau for Epilepsy (patients/ public) and the World Health Organization public) and the World Health Organization (political) have jointly initiated a global (political) have jointly initiated a global campaign to bring epilepsy 'out of the campaign to bring epilepsy 'out of the shadows' (Reynolds, 2000). shadows' (Reynolds, 2000).
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