April 2017; Volume 41, Issue 2
Cover image An 'epistemic injustice' arises when someone's credibility is unfairly compromised by stigmatising or prejudicial attitudes. In a psychiatric context, a patient with schizophrenia for example, or with dementia could be wrongly considered an unreliable informant. Psychiatric terminology might be used to devalue a patient's accounts of reality; but while the language is scientific, the resulting 'credibility deficit' may not be. In a challenging editorial in this issue, Crichton and colleagues (pp. 65–70) examine epistemic injustice in psychiatry. © Guy Undrill 2017.