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January 29, 1955


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71/2 E. 81st St. New York 28.

JAMA. 1955;157(5):466-467. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950220060022

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To the Editor:—  In the perennial controversy between psychiatrists and nonmedical psychologists, I disagree with the extremists on both sides. Yet there have been so many distortions of my point of view by misquotations and by quotations out of context that correcting them may help to secure an open-minded hearing for the moderate and realistic solution that I have recently spelled out in detail (Texas Rep. Biol. & Med.12:692-737, 1954). To clarify my position, it will first be necessary to indicate my points of agreement and of disagreement with both sides. I agree with physicians when they insist that, at present, none of the nonmedical behavioral scientists receives the training that is an essential prerequisite for independent psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy. I disagree emphatically with those clinical psychologists who believe that their present training suffices. On the other hand, I must agree with the clinical psychologist when he points

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