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July 1942

A History of Medical Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;48(1):160-161. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290070170017

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Abstract

Gregory Zilboorg has brought together in this volume a large mass of historical and biographic material, the fruit of much reading and reflection, vivified by a passionately crusading spirit. All earnest students of human nature will surely welcome this impressive attempt to bring into a certain coherent relationship the intellectual and humanitarian efforts of many generations of contributors in a segment of medical history hitherto much neglected. Not all, however, will be so appreciative of the interpretations offered. For example, the author's most strikingly recurrent theme is the struggle between priest and physician for possession of the field here called medical psychology. This interpretation lends itself well to a dramatic mode of presentation, but the emphasis on this militant theme seems to the reviewer excessive. Surely not all the physicians enlisted here under the banner of conquest could have been motivated primarily by the militant and partisan urge "to capture

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