The late Ernest Gruenberg often said that "American academia produces two types of psychiatrists: mindless or brainless." Nowhere has this become more prophetic than in the deemphasis of psychosocial treatments among many psychiatrists. Psychiatric physicians now represent themselves as psychopharmacologists who spend a few minutes with patients, manipulate drugs, and send the patients on their way. Psychosocial interventions are relegated to those with "inferior training," so that the "well-trained" psychiatrist need not waste his or her time getting to know the patient and the patient’s problems. This is not meant in any way to deprecate the importance of a thorough knowledge of pharmacologic interventions but, rather, to recognize the unique role of the psychiatrist as the only mental health professional trained both psychosocially and biologically. It is an unfortunate consequence of the success of medications that many psychiatrists have felt it no longer necessary to spend time understanding the complexity of the patient’s life and life experiences.