The application of methods of experimental psychology to psychiatric problems reached its lowest ebb in the years following the death of Wundt in 1920. It seemed that whatever experimental psychology might have contributed to psychiatry in the past, there were few modern problems amenable to psychologic experiment. In this state of affairs a great change took place after the description of Kretschmer's constitutional types. Since the investigation of about 4,000 cases by different observers and in different parts of the world, a few facts of this system of somatoscopic types have become common property of scientific psychiatric thought, although undoubtedly a large part is still hypothetical and in need of verification and correction. Under the influence of this renewed interest in constitutional types and the new facts established, there has come about a veritable renaissance of experimental psychologic methods in psychiatry. These new and important researches cover a field spoken
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