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This is a verbatim report. Participants in the conference were 18 outstanding scientists from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, physiology, biology, embryology, and zoology. Discussion material is presented on an informal basis and centers around the problem of sleep-wakefulness cycle, psychoanalytic concepts of sleep and dreams, perception of pain, phenomena of hypnosis, and consciousness and the chemistry of time.
The major purpose of the conference was to attempt to overcome the difficulties in communication, both emotional and semantic, between the many disciplines involved in the discussions and thus, through mutual understanding, to move toward a unification of interpretation in all fields of science, so that a "science of man" might be developed in which medicine is considered to play a central role.
Problems of Consciousness: Transactions of the First Conference, March 20-21, 1950, New York, N. Y. JAMA. 1951;147(4):356. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670210068036