November 1954

Science and Man's Behavior.

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By Trigant Burrow, M.D. Price, $6.00. Pp. 564, with 26 illustrations. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;94(5):868. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00250050182027

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"Science and Man's Behavior" is really a defense and apology for the author's book "The Neurosis of Man," which is actually included in the present publication. For the casual reader, the book is a remarkable example of the predicament which the author spends so much time stressing, namely, that of man when he has lost contact with the realities of life and has thus forfeited the value which comes from criticism of one's pet ideas. Much of the book is most interesting. Many points are in agreement with current formulations and ideas about the admittedly very rough predicament man is in. In essence, the author has treated society, the world at large, as a patient and has applied modified formal psychoanalysis, which he calls "phyloanalysis," to elucidating its problems. An effort was made to break entirely with the orthodox views of medicine, history, psychiatry, and psychology. This was done under

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