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April 1998

Jack D. Pressman, PhD, 1957-1997

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(4):372. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.4.372

Jack D. Pressman, Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, died suddenly on June 23, 1997. With this tragedy, one of the leading young historians of American psychiatry was lost. Pressman's judicious yet incisive and stimulating work represented the best in our field, a field that has been riven by ideology—first in the form of a self-justifying triumphalism, and more recently by a cynical and dismissive belief in psychiatrists as malevolent enforcers of social control. Resisting such ideological torrents, Jack carefully and thoughtfully took up one of the most controversial legacies of American psychiatry, psychosurgery.

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