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July 31, 1948

New Fields of Psychiatry

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480084036

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This is a brief, personal, interesting and authentic account of psychiatry as it finds application in diverse fields of human affairs. The author has been identified with the development of psychiatry in child guidance and in the field of delinquency. This in turn has involved him in the developing relationship of psychiatry to the field of social work: here he has personally made important contributions (not discussed in this volume) through his teaching and research in psychotherapy. During World War II as psychiatric consultant in the Office of Strategic Services he contributed to the task of personnel selection. Later activity with the screening center of the information control division in the United States zone in Germany brought experience in political psychiatry. Here ascertaining the reliability of Germans who would be in influential political or educational positions was a central consideration; the author also directed himself to the ascertainment of specific

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