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Book and Media Reviews
August 23/30, 2006

Mind, Memoir

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(8):1000-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.1002

More than a century ago, psychologist Mary Whiton Calkins, the first woman to be elected to the prestigious position of the presidency of the American Psychological Association, had the distinct honor of being the single student in a psychology course taught by Harvard University's William James. After the men in the course dropped out to avoid studying alongside a woman, Calkins absorbed the latest and greatest stories from James, arguably the most knowledgeable psychologist in the new discipline, as the professor and student sat on either side of a library fire. She later recalled:

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