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April 1937


Author Affiliations


From the division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of Medicine, Peiping Union Medical School.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;37(4):765-771. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260160065006

The career of Adolf Meyer has been built largely in an adopted country. His influence has continued to travel. Some changes may have occurred in his teachings when they were carried to other countries, but that does not break their claim to inheritance from him. In China the growth of certain aspects of the development of psychiatry must resemble stages in the growth of psychiatry observed by him in America, such as the period of police control prior to that of cooperation between the city and the medical school. But it is the difference between the Chinese and the American situation which offers the more interesting possibilities of comparison. The comments made in this communication are based on five years' experience in China and carry the expectation that tendencies now in progress will probably not turn out to be mere repetitions of American psychiatric history.

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