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October 1947

News and Comment

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(4):506-508. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300330118010

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RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GROUP FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AT MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 2, 1947  Because of recent newspaper and magazine articles which claim that a conflict exists between psychiatry and religion, and because of the resulting confusion of and the harm done to patients and their families, the membership of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, meeting in Minneapolis, believe it is highly desirable to make the following statement:"For centuries, religion and medicine have been closely related. Psychiatry, as a branch of medicine, has been so closely related to religion that at times the two were almost inseparable. As science has developed, however, medicine and religion have assumed distinctive roles in society, but they continue to share the common aim of human betterment. This also holds true for that method of psychiatry known as psychoanalysis."We, as members of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, believe