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May 4, 1935

The Problem of Mental Disorder: A Study Undertaken by the Committee on Psychiatric Investigations, National Research Council

JAMA. 1935;104(18):1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760180093029

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Abstract

Knowledge of mental disorders is extremely imperfect and the treatment of those who have mental disorders is correspondingly unsatisfactory. The authors attempt to take stock of the usable knowledge actually at hand and to discover how well the wide field of science, divested of professional and philosophic tradition, may supply new knowledge and new instruments of research. Five psychiatric points of view are presented by representative men in the various schools and branches of psychiatry: the clinical, the medical, the neurologic, the psychobiologic and the psychoanalytic. The supporting sciences, to which the editors look with hope, are surveyed under the titles: problems in cerebral anatomy and physiology; electrophysiology of the brain; electrical measurement of activities in nerve and muscle; neurocytology; certain aspects of the chemistry and metabolism of the brain; neuropathology of the brain; the origin, plan and operational modes of the nervous system; factors of neural integration and neural

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