November 22, 1941

A Short History of Psychiatric Achievement with a Forecast for the Future

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By Nolan D. C. Lewis, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 275. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(21):1832. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820470080040

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The content of this book made up the Thomas W. Salmon Memorial Lectures. The book traces the beginnings of modern psychiatry through the Middle Ages and proceeds to modern advances such as those by Pavlov, Freud and his various offshoots and brings us at last into the psychosomatic point of view. The conclusion, which deals with prospects for future achievements, is stimulating to all who are concerned with research in psychiatry. The author tabulates the following main trends of such research:

  • The investigation of brain potentials and conduction phenomena in the central nervous system.

  • A search for detailed pathologic changes in the brain and other organs.

  • The physical and chemical variations in the blood, cerebrospinal fluid and other constituents of the body.

  • A study of the chemical equilibrium of the body.

  • The precise nature of the instinctive drives and urges.

  • The delineation of the

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