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July 1968

Documentary History of Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060093040

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A compilation of historic communications has been prepared concerning the development of psychiatric knowledge, attitudes, phenomena, and institutions. Commencing with Plato, excerpts from over 50 authors are presented in clear and readable translation. The compiler provides a brief introduction before each section; on several occasions the reviewer would have appreciated more of such help. Yet, Goshen does not obtrude upon the living quality of the historic messages.

Through this volume the reader is launched upon an historic journey of great interest and diversity. Individuals of great and less great stature speak from afar of matters that have immediate moment but distant relevance. Freud speaks in his biographical studies of the historians' desire to deliver a message and point a moral. Selection of subject matter was not automatic or random. In so large a collection of historical times and individual moments, latitude is offered to trace various themes through time.


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