Sometimes we are so busy with each day’s activities that we don’t remember why those activities are occurring. We may not even remember why we are doing them in the first place—why we chose to become psychiatrists. May, the month of our annual meeting, should become a good time for all of us to pause and reflect on who we are, what we do, and what constructs and values we share with one another, despite our individual differences. Our unique contribution to medicine is our ability to evaluate the mental functions and dysfunctions of individual people who seek treatment for a variety of symptoms and complaints, in the context of their past history and their present interpersonal, social, economic, and family environment. We must retain this unique contribution. This is what each of our patients—whatever his or her problem—expects of us. Each of us, in whatever way we can, must fight against a variety of perverse ideas that denigrate or diminish this unique contribution: that a history can be obtained by a computerized checklist, or that recording a narrative history is a waste of time, or that the practice of psychiatry should be limited to prescribing medications, or any of the other injunctions that threaten to dehumanize or destroy the essence of psychiatric practice.