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February 1964

Modern Psychiatry: A Handbook for Believers.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(2):217-218. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720200113017

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A well known psychiatrist, Francis J. Braceland, MD, and a prominent Dominican Priest, Rev. Michael Stock, OP, have collaborated to bring us this book: Modern Psychiatry. Though they give it the subtitle: A Handbook for Believers, it is not completely clear, as one peruses its pages, to whom this book is addressed. Certainly not to the psychiatrist, since the psychiatric topics are reviewed only in a general way; and certainly not to the clergyman, since there is about a nickel's worth of theology in it. Yet this is a book worth reading, because in its attempt at clarifying some of the misunderstandings that have plagued Religion vs Psychiatry and vice versa, it achieves melodramatically, like a Gaston and Alphonse type of farce, a magnificent obfuscation, behind a smoke-screen of rationalizations, intellectualizations, and wise compromises, of the only issue involved: Which God comes first? the Psychiatrist or the Clergyman?


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