January 1964

The Chemistry of Thinking: A Monograph in American Lectures in Living Chemistry.

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By George Humphrey, PhD and R. V. Coxon, MD, DPhil.;edited by I. Newton Kugelmass, MD, PhD., ScD. Price, $6.75. Pp 148, with 19 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720190103022

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With the increasing necessity for interdisciplinary cooperative research in biomedical sciences, a monograph of the type compiled by Drs. Humphrey and Coxon will contribute considerably towards stimulating interest and better understanding between the allied disciplines. The authors have chosen a daring title for their monograph and is in itself thought provoking. What goes on in the unfathomed recesses of the human mind has always been a mystery and in each civilization the more enquiring ones have tried to explore and unravel the working of the mind but with little success. The failure has largely been due to the lack of appropriate tools to study the apparently "intangible" processes of the mind. Although attempts have been made to relate discrete anatomical regions of the brain to specific psychological or mental processes since the time of Gall, systematic chemical studies of the brain did not start until Thudichum published his treatise on

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