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August 1961

Report No. 48—Psychiatry and Religion.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(2):214-216. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710140106017

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This report suffers less from the starchiness which characterizes most collective efforts. Perhaps the fact that both disciplines reviewed here deal with "primary processes"—the manner in which instinctual drives transfer their impetus from one impulse to another—accounts for this. The report should be well received by both ministers and psychiatrists, though undoubtedly non-Freudians may object to the overprominence given to Freud in the bibliography (he rates 11 out of 24 titles), and ministers will wonder why so little is mentioned of the rather considerable body of literature already compiled on joint enterprises undertaken in the last ten years by the two disciplines. These have been faithfully rported by Pastoral Psychology, the magazine ably edited by Seward Hiltner.

This report firmly and clearly spells out the respective authority of psychiatrist and minister. The psychiatrist is primarily a scientist, even if he does deal with material not easily rationalized. In this

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