June 1965

The Scientific Evolution of Psychology: Vol I.

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By J. R. Kantor. Price, $10. Pp 387, with 23 figures and 10 plates. Principia Press, Inc., Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(6):626-627. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720360098017

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It is not easy to reconstruct, through history, the path that any form of human achievement, in arts, sciences, philosophy, or social institutions may have followed to its present status in our modern world. This task is made even more difficult when the events to be traced and the "evolution" to be followed are of such elusive and fickle quality as that part of human knowledge referred to as psychology. For attempting such a feat of historical study, in which erudition must constantly vie with sagacity, Dr. Kantor deserves commendation. That his effort falls rather short of its lofty ambitions can be attributed to Dr. Kantor's allpervasive incapacity to separate his personal, legitimate, and biased views from what purports to be an historical presentation of The Scientific Evolution of Psychology.

Even the title of the present volume, the first of two to be published, sets the confusing pace

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