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April 22, 1933

A PHYLOGENETIC STUDY OF INSANITY

JAMA. 1933;100(16):1276. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740160060029

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —It is so gravely important to increase our understanding of human nature in health and in disease that any effort in this direction should be commended. But a body of knowledge must be defended; and we must recognize that as much harm can be wrought by some proponents of psychiatry as by its antagonists. I refer specifically to Trigant Burrow's paper on "A Phylogenetic Study of Insanity in Its Underlying Pathology" in The Journal, March 4.Dr. Burrow first tells us, in his definition of "phylopathology" and in the implications inherent in his choice of that term, that there is no such thing as a Man Alone; that Rousseau's "Natural Man" and the Noble Savage and Individualistic Psychology are based on romantic concepts. Undoubtedly Man is a social creature, as he is also a chemical congeries, a philosophic concept, an economic unit or a Son of God,

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