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January 19, 1963

MEDICAL NEWS

JAMA. 1963;183(3):27-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700030003002

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Abstract

Psychiatry for Earthlings and Astronauts in the Nuclear Age  Will the very fertility of man's brain eventually cause his downfall? Will his inventive achievements move beyond his ability to control them?These and other questions were asked by psychiatrists and psychoanalysts, as well as historians, philosophers, and anthropologists during the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Philadelphia last month.Loren C. Eiseley, PhD, professor of anthropology and the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania, sounded the keynote among non-medical scientists who spoke on the subject."Space-loving man hurls his missiles skyward," Eiseley said, "yet honesty forces us to confess that this effort is primarily the product of conflict."Pointing out that the US has never altered its military posture since World War II, Eiseley noted that millions are now employed in the institutions which maintain conflict, that government is increasingly geared

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