March 1961

Research Atmospheres in Departments of Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(3):225-236. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710090011002

In describing the development of a research atmosphere, one runs the considerable risk of expressing platitudes, of being a bit autobiographical, and of moralizing about the troubles of psychiatric research. The "trouble with psychiatric research" was well described recently in a broad context by Jurgen Ruesch.14 This paper is more limited. I will confine myself to the more nebulous task of describing the development of a research atmosphere, hoping, of course, that in due time something more tangible will condense from such an atmosphere. In my title and in the content I have avoided describing or outlining a full-fledged training program in psychiatric research for residents. I can not describe it because, to my knowledge, such a program does not exist. Considering all the difficulties which plague our young discipline, I could not even outline such a program because a definitive blueprint would seem premature. The

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