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February 1, 1965

Vistas in Neuropsychiatry: Papers Presented on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Pittsburgh Neuropsychiatric Society 1962

JAMA. 1965;191(5):422-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080050068038

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The word "eclecticism" appears only twice in this volume of 14 papers and four discussions. Both times it is used to characterize the activities of the society whose nine founders were general practitioners who ventured into neurological and psychiatric practices before World War I. Yet the entire collection is a testament to the concepts of eclecticism or heterodoxy in psychiatry today.

H. W. Brosin offers a solid basis for identifying the complex problems and multiple opportunities in current psychotherapeutic work. His scholarly review supports the proposition that man can change psychosocial evolution. Articles on memory process (Magoun), on psychoanalytic education and research (Lewin), on psychopharmacology (Marrazzi), on social psychiatry (Rees), and on the use of drugs (Capparell and Meyers) may be utilized by the young doctor interested in psychiatry as a field of specialization. Astley's highly original and provocative paper on the conflict between psychiatry and religion opens a lively

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